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Homelessness in Cork

The housing crisis is pushing people into homelessness and preventing people from leaving homelessness. Our Emergency Shelter is overflowing with an average of 53 people per night relying on a Cork Simon emergency bed. People are staying for longer and longer in emergency accommodation because they have no other options. Rents in Cork City increased 12% last year; Rent Supplement and Housing Assistance Payments do not come near asking rents.

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Emergency Shelter

Our Emergency Shelter is located on Anderson’s Quay, in the heart of Cork city centre. The Shelter provides care, accommodation and one-to-one support for 47 people around-the-clock, every day of the year. Demand for emergency beds is high – Throughout 2016 the Shelter accommodated an average of 54 people per night – the need for emergency accommodation is so great that we try to accommodate as many people as is safe to do so.

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Do You Own An Empty Residential Property?
We are urgently seeking to make contact with owners of vacant residential properties in Cork as part of our response to the housing and homeless crisis.
We are interested in:
  • Buying your empty residential property in need of repair under the Government’s BUY AND RENEW SCHEME.
  • Buying your empty residential property in turnkey or near-turnkey condition.
  • Leasing your empty residential property under our SOCIAL RENTALS SCHEME.

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Leaving A Legacy

If you know Cork, you know that we live in a caring community. And that sense of belonging, that feeling of community, was here before all of us – and will be here long after us.

Here at Cork Simon, we are blessed that our supporters have enriched our organisation – and our community – with their generous gifts.

What we’ve achieved, with the amazing support of our donors, represents our community at its very best. Read More


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October 16th, 2:31 pm

Just a quick update. At present were all doing okay. We have enough staff on duty to cover today and tonight.

Our Day Centre is accommodating people with food, blankets etc. We have additional staff and resources in place to help people in need. Were prepared as much as we can be and staff are dealing with the emergency. Stay safe.
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Just a quick update. At present were all doing okay. We have enough staff on duty to cover today and tonight.
Our Day Centre is accommodating people with food, blankets etc. We have additional staff and resources in place to help people in need. Were prepared as much as we can be and staff are dealing with the emergency. Stay safe.

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Well done to all of ye nd stay safe

Well done.

Well done every one x

Trojans..Bless ye ❤

♥️♥️

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October 16th, 8:59 am

Last night we made extra emergency beds available and brought in additional staff to ensure we had room for as many people as possible.

We’re also hoping to extend the opening hours of our Day Centre today so people have somewhere to shelter from Storm Ophelia. We are working right now on maximising our available staff resources to make this happen.

We’ll make additional updates available as we have them over the course of the day. Stay safe.
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Last night we made extra emergency beds available and brought in additional staff to ensure we had room for as many people as possible.We’re also hoping to extend the opening hours of our Day Centre today so people have somewhere to shelter from Storm Ophelia. We are working right now on maximising our available staff resources to make this happen.We’ll make additional updates available as we have them over the course of the day. Stay safe.

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Stay safe Mary Daly xxxxx

i rang simon community no answer so not sure what to do i just wanted to let them no if their is anyone going to be left out in this weather today are tonight they are more then welcome to stay in mine today tonight i have a 3 bedroom house and a big couch and a roof over my head thats about all i can offer i would be grateful is someone for the simon community could get back in touch with me i do no ye are really busy but i would really love to help in anyway i can i no what it is like to not have a place to call home

Lucky I kept a screenshot in case it'd get Deleted

Thank GOD!! X

October 15th, 7:24 pm

“It all comes back to a lack of affordable housing”, shelter worker, Chrissie, says. “It’s causing people to remain trapped in emergency accommodation for longer and longer. Landlords have the pick of the crop right now with who they take on as tenants., They look for references and none of the lads here have those. So, right now, they’re just stuck. They’re finding it impossible to get out of the shelter.”

We need more social and affordable housing, today, not a year from now, not ten years from now. Today. People deserve better.
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“It all comes back to a lack of affordable housing”, shelter worker, Chrissie, says. “It’s causing people to remain trapped in emergency accommodation for longer and longer. Landlords have the pick of the crop right now with who they take on as tenants., They look for references and none of the lads here have those. So, right now, they’re just stuck. They’re finding it impossible to get out of the shelter.”We need more social and affordable housing, today, not a year from now, not ten years from now. Today. People deserve better.

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Yes

Not much available in the rental market which accepts HAP.

Kim Chung

Very professional looking Tony Cathy Chung ur doin a great job ❤

Looking very professional Tony Cathy Chung . Very thoughtful looking

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October 14th, 7:20 pm

Last week we gathered in the Port of Cork for our annual Certificate Awards Ceremony. It was an opportunity to give a Special Recognition Award to one outstanding young woman.

Sarah has come such a long way in her life already but this year she achieved some amazing milestones on her journey out of homelessness. She sat her leaving cert, got great results and accepted a place in her first choice college course.

Coming out of care at just 18 years of age, Sarah and her sister found themselves homeless: “I was 18 when I came out of care. I went to my sisters, I stayed with her but she lost her place so we both ended up at the Simon,” Sarah says. “My sister, she looked after me...always. I remember her saying to me years ago, ‘Sarah, what do you want to do with your life? I said I wanted to go to college and she told me I could do it. She died five years ago, and I wanted her to know I could make something of myself, that I could finish school, go to college. So, that’s what I’m doing. It’s for her.”

Congratulations, Sarah – and here’s to a better future.
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Last week we gathered in the Port of Cork for our annual Certificate Awards Ceremony.  It was an opportunity to give a Special Recognition Award to one outstanding young woman.Sarah has come such a long way in her life already but this year she achieved some amazing milestones on her journey out of homelessness. She sat her leaving cert, got great results and accepted a place in her first choice college course.Coming out of care at just 18 years of age, Sarah and her sister found themselves homeless: “I was 18 when I came out of care. I went to my sisters, I stayed with her but she lost her place so we both ended up at the Simon,” Sarah says. “My sister, she looked after me...always. I remember her saying to me years ago, ‘Sarah, what do you want to do with your life? I said I wanted to go to college and she told me I could do it. She died five years ago, and I wanted her to know I could make something of myself, that I could finish school, go to college. So, that’s what I’m doing. It’s for her.”Congratulations, Sarah – and here’s to a better future.

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Well done nd best of luck nd future

Fair play to you Sarah and the very best of luck for the future

Sarah is an example to anyone who is struggling and has to overcome challenges to achieve their goals. What an achievement Sarah you should be so proud of how far you’ve come. Well done.

Well done Sarah x

Well done Sarah ur sister would be very proud all the best for your future

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October 13th, 7:18 pm

Full time volunteer, Alvaro, says it’s the simple things that mean the most to the people who are using our services. Simple things like your time and a chat: “When I’m having my lunch I always try to sit at a table where a resident is on their own. Because some days you might need someone to sit be next to you and say, ‘How’s your day?’. Years of being on the streets mean most people have seen the good and the bad but I encourage them to remember the good and leave the bad behind them. That’s my favourite part of the job.”

Because of your support people like Alvaro are there everyday doing what they can to make sure that every person we meet has a chance to remember the good, keep hopeful and stay focused on leaving homelessness behind.
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Full time volunteer, Alvaro, says it’s the simple things that mean the most to the people who are using our services. Simple things like your time and a chat: “When I’m having my lunch I always try to sit at a table where a resident is on their own. Because some days you might need someone to sit be next to you and say, ‘How’s your day?’.  Years of being on the streets mean most people have seen the good and the bad but I encourage them to remember the good and leave the bad behind them. That’s my favourite part of the job.”Because of your support people like Alvaro are there everyday doing what they can to make sure that every person we meet has a chance to remember the good, keep hopeful and  stay focused on leaving homelessness behind.



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