Our Outreach Team recorded an average of 14 people per night sleeping rough on the streets of Cork throughout July 2016 – up 6% compared to June 2016 and up 19% in 12 months. As our emergency shelter continues to operate well above capacity, people are ending up spending longer periods of time sleeping rough. Throughout July 2016 our Outreach Team supported 11 people surviving in squats around Cork and 28 people ‘Staying with Friends’. People Deserve Better.
Our Annual eReport for 2015 was published at the beginning of July and highlights the extent of the deepening housing and homeless crisis in Cork. We supported 1,300 people throughout 2015, accommodated more people per night than ever before at our emergency shelter, and saw yet another increase to the number of people sleeping rough. We need to increase the supply of housing as quickly as possible.