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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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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 21st, 7:33 pm

On a dark autumn morning a man in a sleeping bag is curled into the crevice of a doorway, to protect himself from the wind roaring off the Lee. It’s early morning and the sounds of the city are starting to wake the man asleep. Our Outreach worker, Denise, calls his name softly “Mark, are you awake?”, there’s a brief pause, and then she hears him answer; “Denise is that you?”, “Yeah Mark it’s me, I just wanted to see how you are and how you got through the night. Are you coming over to the Day Centre later so you can get ready before you head off?”

The man peeps his head out from under the sleeping bag. There’s a surprising twinkle in his eye for a man who just spent the night sleeping roughing the cold and rain. He smiles at Denise and says; “I’ll be over later, today’s the big day.”

The twinkle in Mark’s eye is hope. He has achieved something remarkable. He has remained sober. He’s battling his addictions and now has the upper hand. Mark has secured a place in a treatment centre. It’s a big victory. We’re already looking at housing options for Mark for him when he completes his treatment so he won’t end up back on the streets sleeping rough.

Step by step your support has helped Mark get this far. Knowing there’s a community of people rooting for him, looking out for him, will help him through the next phase of his battle. Thank you for believing in people.
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On a dark autumn morning a man in a sleeping bag is curled into the crevice of a doorway, to protect himself from the wind roaring off the Lee.  It’s early morning and the sounds of the city are starting to wake the man asleep. Our Outreach worker, Denise, calls his name softly “Mark, are you awake?”, there’s a brief pause, and then she hears him answer; “Denise is that you?”, “Yeah Mark it’s me, I just wanted to see how you are and how you got through the night. Are you coming over to the Day Centre later so you can get ready before you head off?”The man peeps his head out from under the sleeping bag. There’s a surprising twinkle in his eye for a man who just spent the night sleeping roughing the cold and rain. He smiles at Denise and says; “I’ll be over later, today’s the big day.”The twinkle in Mark’s eye is hope. He has achieved something remarkable. He has remained sober. He’s battling his addictions and now has the upper hand. Mark has secured a place in a treatment centre. It’s a big victory.  We’re already looking at housing options for Mark for him when he completes his treatment so he won’t end up back on the streets sleeping rough.Step by step your support has helped Mark get this far.  Knowing there’s a community of people rooting for him, looking out for him, will help him through the next phase of his battle.  Thank you for believing in people.

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Well done Mark,wishing you well for the future.

Congrats on your victory mark best of luck for the days ahead 😊

Amazing ❤️❤️ wishing u all the very best for the future

Best of luck mark

Amazing in one way but so so sad that this man trying his best can't find a bed for the night in one of the shelters

Way to go mark Be very proud of yourself

All the best Mark, one day at a time.

Best of luck mark

The very best of luck Mark.

one day at a time the very best of luck

This is a fantastic story of hope. I truly cannot comprehend firstly the feeling of being homeless and secondly the feeling of despair. I myself have three boys who dont live with me as im separated from ex wife but see them all the time thankfully. When things went sour with my wife i was essentially homeless only for my father taking me in. Even though i only have one bed flat its better than nothing. Not suitable for 3kids and money is not something i have lots of but i make do with what i have. Most of people who are homeless now i would feel their mindset is totally gone as they dont see how they can get back on track. Thankfully i never ended up this route and am now in year four of college. Stillin one bed flat. The point i wanted to make was this country is not kind to ppl who lose their way. Gettin a house or a decent place to live here is near impossible. Really frustrating.Well done Mark. Good man

Be proud of your self enjoy the rest of your life 🙋🏻🙏🙏🙏💚

Well done mark wishing you all the best for the future ❤

Unbelievable that he managed to keep it together on the streets that must be the hardest thing nd world to do he has to be respected for that best wishes to him hope everything works out for the better

Well done

To the amazing people who are the only ones who care for them thank you God bless you all 🙋🏻💚🙏🙏🙏🙏

Wishing you the best of luck mark hope every thing works out great for you

keep positive ...

Well done mark all the best for the future xx

Wonderful! So happy to read a positive story xx

Well done Mark 💕and well done to the amazing people that look out for our homeless ❤️❤️

Well done x

Be strong and brave. Good luck Soldier

Rooting for you Mark! X

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October 20th, 8:03 pm

Remember Sandra? She started a new job recently and has been saving every cent she can from her pay packet to put a deposit together for a flat of her own; for a place to call home. And she’s done it! Sandra has found a home of her own and has left our High Support House.

Support worker, Aisling, says: “She had a viewing on the Sunday but was told her that the room had been given to someone else. But Sandra wasn’t out of luck yet. She has since learned that the room is now hers as the successful tenant changed her mind.”

Sandra is winning her fight against homelessness and has finally found a place to call home.

You stood by Sandra every step of the way. You believed in her. You believed that, with time and support, Sandra would get back on her feet. Thank you so much for believing in Sandra.
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Remember Sandra? She started a new  job recently and has been saving every cent she can from her  pay packet to put a deposit together for a flat of her own; for a place to call home. And she’s done it! Sandra has found a home of her own and has left our High Support House.Support worker, Aisling, says: “She had a viewing on the Sunday but was told her that the room had been given to someone else. But Sandra wasn’t out of luck yet.  She has since learned that the room is now hers as the successful tenant changed her mind.”Sandra is winning her fight against homelessness and has finally found a place to call home.You stood by Sandra every step of the way. You believed in her. You believed that, with time and support, Sandra would get back on her feet. Thank you so much for believing in Sandra.

October 19th, 7:40 pm

We’ve always known the people of Cork have huge hearts but Full Time Volunteer, Alvaro, didn’t realise just how big those hearts were “I had just arrived from Spain to start volunteering and I was in a coffee shop, talking to the barista. He asked me about Spain and why I was in Cork. I told him I’m a Full Time Volunteer in Simon and he said something that I’ve carried with me since that day., He said ‘So you’re a hope giver? Thank you very much for coming over here to help.’ I’ve taken that conversation with me through every difficult situation in the shelter and every hard day.”

The support we receive from you - our supporters, donors and volunteers, is incredible. without you, none of what we do would be possible. Thank You for helping us in our fight against homelessness.
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We’ve always known the people of Cork have huge hearts but Full Time Volunteer, Alvaro, didn’t realise just how big those hearts were “I had just arrived from Spain to start volunteering and I was in a coffee shop, talking to the barista. He asked me about Spain and why I was in Cork. I told him I’m a Full Time Volunteer in Simon and he said something that I’ve carried with me since that day., He said ‘So you’re a hope giver? Thank you very much for coming over here to help.’ I’ve taken that conversation with me through every difficult situation in the shelter and every hard day.”The support we receive from you -  our supporters, donors and volunteers, is incredible. without you, none of what we do would be possible. Thank You for helping us in our fight against homelessness.

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Thank You and people like you

Good man

October 18th, 7:24 pm

Not long ago we had a visit from two very special young girls, Isabelle and Elena. They dropped in a basket of goodies for the residents in our Emergency Shelter. Isabelle and Elena wanted them to know that someone was thinking of them, looking out for them, standing with them. Thank you, Isabelle and Elena, for helping to make a difference, helping to keep hope alive. ... See MoreSee Less

Not long ago we had a visit from two very special young girls, Isabelle and Elena. They dropped in a basket of goodies for the residents in our Emergency Shelter. Isabelle and Elena wanted them to know that someone was thinking of them, looking out for them, standing with them. Thank you, Isabelle and Elena, for helping to make a difference, helping to keep hope alive.

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Well done girls

Great girls

Two wonderful children.

Fantastic girls with hearts of gold,xx

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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