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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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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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November 16th, 7:40 pm

Aileen runs her hand across the pink speckled bed spread. Her fingers stop on the little white embroidered flowers; she nervously picks at the stitching as she closes her eyes and remembers. “There was one morning I woke up at the side of a church. It was lashing out of the heavens. A lady called me and she said, ‘You’d want to get up you’re soaking wet.’ I felt horrible. Sick. Oh my god…. I’ll never forget it. I should be dead, going around in another world soaked, without food, I should have been dead.”

Aileen ran away from home at a young age after her relationship with her family became volatile. Vulnerable and alone Aileen says it was a very difficult time in her life. “When you’re used to living at home and then all of a sudden you’re homeless, you’re in a Shelter with loads of other people, you don’t know what’s going on. They’re like two different worlds. I was petrified.”

Aileen looks up from her pink patterned quilt in her room surrounded by pictures of happy smiling faces - friends she’s made and family she’s built bridges with over the years. The sadness that had settled in her face a moment ago blinks away.

That life was nearly a decade ago now for Aileen. Since those days Aileen spent over two years in our shelter and seven years living in one of our High Support Houses - where she still lives. Aileen says it’s where her life changed: “Leaving the shelter and coming here – it was like going from being homeless to coming home. I felt safe here. I felt cared for. That was fantastic.”

Thanks to your support Aileen and the 52 other people depending on our five High Support Houses across the city have a place to feel safe and cared for. Somewhere to call home. Believe in People.
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Aileen runs her hand across the pink speckled bed spread. Her fingers stop on the little white embroidered flowers; she nervously picks at the stitching as she closes her eyes and remembers. “There was one morning I woke up at the side of a church. It was lashing out of the heavens. A lady called me and she said, ‘You’d want to get up you’re soaking wet.’ I felt horrible. Sick. Oh my god…. I’ll never forget it. I should be dead, going around in another world soaked, without food, I should have been dead.”Aileen ran away from home at a young age after her relationship with her family became volatile. Vulnerable and alone Aileen says it was a very difficult time in her life. “When you’re used to living at home and then all of a sudden you’re homeless, you’re in a Shelter with loads of other people, you don’t know what’s going on. They’re like two different worlds. I was petrified.”Aileen looks up from her pink patterned quilt in her room surrounded by pictures of happy smiling faces -  friends she’s made and family she’s built bridges with over the years. The sadness that had settled in her face a moment ago blinks away.That life was nearly a decade ago now for Aileen. Since those days Aileen spent over two years in our shelter and seven years living in one of our High Support Houses - where she still lives.  Aileen says it’s where her life changed: “Leaving the shelter and coming here – it was like going from being homeless to coming home. I felt safe here. I felt cared for. That was fantastic.”Thanks to your support Aileen and the 52 other people depending on our five High Support Houses across the city have a place to feel safe and cared for. Somewhere to call home.  Believe in People.

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Lovely

Very nice

Believe in people x

November 15th, 7:08 pm

Last week we announced we are opening a Winter Night Shelter where we will be providing an extra 15 places a night at our Day Centre in Anderson’s Quay from now until the end of March.

It’s not by any means a place to call home but it will at least offer people warmth, shelter and some breathing space from life on the streets. What we really need are homes.
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Last week we announced we are opening a Winter Night Shelter where we will be providing an extra 15 places a night at our Day Centre in Anderson’s Quay from now until the end of March.It’s not by any means a place to call home but it will at least offer people warmth, shelter and some breathing space from life on the streets. What we really need are homes.

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You are doing amazing job ❤️

So much credit due to everyone working nd shelter

Thank you so much ❤

Great job pity more day centres offer the same I know it isn't a solution but could save lives in the long term

Well done

Fair dues to all well done . Even though we know ye don't look for praise . Ye deserve it .

❤️👏

Every bit helps, well done everyone who achieved this xXx

Thank you for the work you do

Bless ye x

Ye are doing s great job in hard times

Well done guys ye are all amazing 💕

So many buildings closed in town it's time the government rebuild these to give the homeless people a place to stay well done to ye tho

Well done ,

Well done ye are all amazing x

Brilliant people

Well done to all..

Fantastic work from an organisation which is genuinely helping people 😊

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November 14th, 7:30 pm

Is Cork a caring and compassionate city? We think so.
Is Cork a caring and compassionate city? We certainly think so judging by the huge level of support we receive every day for people experiencing homelessness. Cork Simon is a Community – a community of so many people from all walks of life pulling together to make an incredible difference! Our volunteer Chair sees that community spirit as the key to ending homelessness in Cork…
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November 13th, 7:20 pm

Meet Dan and Gavin.
Leaving homelessness behind you can be cruelly difficult., Years of homelessness can make you forget what it was in life that you truly loved. Survival, not joy, becomes your only focus. After years of homelessness, Dan - a resident in one of our High Support Houses, eventually found his way back to the music he loved with the help of his Care and Support worker, Gavin.
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Great to see Dan doing so well 🙂 I was a support worker/team leader many years ago at the shelter.. keep up the amazing work Cork Simon 🙂

Lovely to see Dan doing so well . Also worked with him a while ago , well done

Well done!

Well done Dan!! 😊

Well done !

Fair play so good well done Dan

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November 12th, 1:16 pm

Cork Simon Christmas Jumper Day Carpool Karaoke
Fa la la la la la la la……Dave Mac from RED FM had an interesting journey to his Cork Simon Christmas Jumper Day when he was stopped by three Community Gardaí in need of a lift.

Sign Up to our Cork Simon Christmas Jumper Day and join the Jumper joy: www.corksimon.ie/jumper-day/
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Olivia Lucey

Super job Noel 😀😀

Regina Kenny Sonia O Sullivan Georgina Patricia Lynda Whelton Brona Stack Rachel-francesca Cronin Chloe Walsh Sabrina Boyd Jovana Tomic I registered our class for this for Simon community!

Mary Oconnor

Peter Kingston James O'Leary Robert O Connor

Ross Murphy

Urs Bowen

Well done noel

Gerard Fitzgerald looking good is that you in the back Angela McCarthy?? Well done brilliant cause

Well done Noel 👍👍

Karen Coleman would ya have a look at Santas elf... 🤣🤣🤣

Proud day Noel

Caroline Maguire

Nutters

Noel fits looking good👌

Sharon White Sarah Corrigan can't wait

Aoife Healy we should do a Christmas jumper day...are u up for it?

Virginia Kelly LC O Sullivan Grace Nelligan Neisy Cronin Sarah de Paor Trish O Driscoll Noríde O' Leary we should do this Christmas Day!!!!

Can't breathe Noelie! 😂 outstanding!

Valerie O'Connor Collins

Richie White

Noel Fitzgerald nice one great voice

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