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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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November 24th, 7:45 pm

Sean has been homeless for years.
Sean has been homeless for years. He has slept rough and stayed in our Emergency Shelter. Now ill health means he really can’t be on the streets anymore and having his own bedroom door key is the most important thing to him….
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Best of luck to him nd he speaks the truth empty properties everywhere nd people sleeping rough its a disgrace

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Alan Plummer

This is the disgusting truth. Properties boarded up and stuck in banks ..Nama ..When We have deserving cases ...and I'm sure the likes of Sean would proudly help to turn them into houses again ..there should be nobody on the streets in winter with so many vacant properties...Government owned !!! Enough said.. If I win the lotto I would buy and refit for all homeless tomorrow..

So wrong everyone needs a home to call their own

Spoke to him a few times in town lovely man hope he gets what he deserves .❤️

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November 24th, 4:35 pm

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Come on down to Mahon Point to give a little it will help a lot CSC are collecting today for this very worthy cause

November 23rd, 8:15 pm

Escaping a violent home, Ger became homeless when he was just 13 years old. He ended up in a centre for young offenders. He turned to drink and drugs to block out the memories of his traumatic childhood. This all started to change when he met a friendly face at our Soup Run.

Ger’s doing really well., He’s keeping positive and, importantly, his health is stable. Since coming to Cork Simon, Ger is now helping other people who are homeless by representing them on national fora, advocating for better services for people who are homeless. Thank you for being there for Ger, for believing he could change his life around, for believing in people.
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Escaping a violent home, Ger became homeless when he was just 13 years old. He ended up in a centre for young offenders. He turned to drink and drugs to block out the memories of his traumatic childhood. This all started to change when he met a friendly face at our Soup Run.Ger’s doing really well., He’s keeping positive and, importantly, his health is stable. Since coming to Cork Simon, Ger is now helping other people who are homeless by representing them on national fora, advocating for better services for people who are homeless. Thank you for being there for Ger, for believing he could change his life around, for believing in people.

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Good for you well done

November 22nd, 7:14 pm

“You’d like everyone to have a home, that’s why we do this every year,” John says, one of the organiser of the Annual West Cork Walk which is on Saturday 25 November at 10.00am in Rosscarbery Bay.

A retired secondary school teacher, John and his two friends, Michael and Enda, have been organising the walk for the past 14 years to help fight homelessness in Cork. John has been volunteer with Cork Simon since the 70’s when he took part in the annual Christmas Carolling event, Sing for Simon, with the school where he worked.

“I’ve done different types of volunteering through the years with Simon. I did Sing for Simon for 30 years and then 10 years ago I did some volunteering in the Night Shelter and with the Activities team. Cork Simon is a fantastic service and I wanted to stay involved. Anyone could organise something like this in their own area, it’s not hard to do - especially if you live in an area with a nice walk. It’s worth a try,” John says.

The Annual West Cork Walk, formerly known as the Seven Heads Walk, starts at 10.00am on Saturday 25 November. For more information please see: www.corksimon.ie/projects/west-cork-walk/
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“You’d like everyone to have a home, that’s why we do this every year,” John says, one of the organiser of the Annual West Cork Walk which is on Saturday 25 November at 10.00am in Rosscarbery Bay.A retired secondary school teacher, John and his two friends, Michael and Enda, have been organising the walk for the past 14 years to help fight homelessness in Cork. John has been volunteer with Cork Simon since the 70’s when he took part in the annual Christmas Carolling event, Sing for Simon, with the school where he worked.“I’ve done different types of volunteering through the years with Simon. I did Sing for Simon for 30 years and then 10 years ago I did some volunteering in the Night Shelter and with the Activities team. Cork Simon is a fantastic service and I wanted to stay involved. Anyone could organise something like this in their own area, it’s not hard to do -  especially if you live in an area with a nice walk. It’s worth a try,” John says.The Annual West Cork Walk, formerly known as the Seven Heads Walk, starts at 10.00am on Saturday 25 November. For more information please see: http://www.corksimon.ie/projects/west-cork-walk/

November 21st, 7:33 pm

Our Soup Run is often the first place people who need help make contact with our team. Full Time Volunteer Alvaro recently met a man at our Soup Run who really needed help.

“We were able to set Mike up in an Emergency bed for the night. It was his first time at the Soup Run and he was new to the city. He didn’t know anyone and he was really nervous. He just needed some help temporarily to help him back on his feet. He met with our Employment and Training team and he has an interview for a job – we’re confident he’ll be back on his feet soon, but for now we’re here for him as long as he needs us,” Alvaro says.

Thanks to your support our Soup Run is open every night of the year helping people who need it most.
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Our Soup Run is often the first place people who need help make contact with our team. Full Time Volunteer Alvaro recently met a man at our Soup Run who really needed help.“We were able to set Mike up in an Emergency bed for the night. It was his first time at the Soup Run and he was new to the city. He didn’t know anyone and he was really nervous. He just needed some help temporarily to help him back on his feet. He met with our Employment and Training team and he has an interview for a job – we’re confident he’ll be back on his feet soon, but for now we’re here for him as long as he needs us,” Alvaro says.Thanks to your support our Soup Run is open every night of the year helping people who need it most.

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Well done to all the soup run team....for sorting Mike out...and hope its upwards and onwords from here Mike....keep up the great work..!!!!!

Good luck Mike with the interview, hope you get it!

Well done to all the soup run and best of luck Mike and good luck with your interview

Ihonestly do not know where people in need without people like you ! They would be in a bad way if they depended on our government !!

God bless you all your a great bunch of people thank you 🙏🏻

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