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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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June 23rd, 7:15 pm

“There are days when it’s hard not to lose hope,” Shelter staff member Paul says. “Often people can feel frustrated or marginalised because we can’t give them a bed or get them a home of their own. There just aren’t enough houses right now. If we could have everyone in houses, we’d do it in a heartbeat.”

It’s a situation Paul knows only too well - having to say ‘no’ to people. More people in need of an emergency bed than there are beds available means people end up frustrated and exhausted. Our 47 bed Shelter currently accommodates around 52 people every night. We try hard to accommodate as many people as is safe to do so each night but it’s not enough. Housing for people stuck in the shelter for far too long is the only solution. Housing will end homelessness. People deserve better.
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“There are days when it’s hard not to lose hope,” Shelter staff member Paul says. “Often people can feel frustrated or marginalised because we can’t give them a bed or get them a home of their own. There just aren’t enough houses right now. If we could have everyone in houses, we’d do it in a heartbeat.”It’s a situation Paul knows only too well - having to say ‘no’ to people. More people in need of an emergency bed than there are beds available means people end up frustrated and exhausted. Our 47 bed Shelter currently accommodates around 52 people every night. We try hard to accommodate as many people as is safe to do so each night but it’s not enough.  Housing for people stuck in the shelter for far too long is the only solution. Housing will end homelessness. People deserve better.

June 22nd, 7:42 pm

The alarm clock that greets someone who is homeless is often the sound of the dump trucks collecting rubbish around the city, the buses as they begin their early morning routes and the sleepy stirrings of the city as it begins a new day.

Sounds to which that person wakes, packs whatever little they have and move on. One morning earlier this month, one person who has spent years starting each day to those sounds of the city, , was greeted by something much different….the sound of silence. The silence that greets you in the morning when you get to sleep in your own bed, in your own home.

It’s a sound many of us take for granted, but someone newly housed straight from the streets to the fresh sheets of his own home, it’s the most wonderful sound in the world. Believe in People.
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The alarm clock that greets someone who is homeless is often the sound of the dump trucks collecting rubbish around the city, the buses as they begin their early morning routes and the sleepy stirrings of the city as it begins a new day.Sounds to which that person wakes, packs whatever little they have and move on.  One morning earlier this month, one person who has spent years starting each day to those sounds of the city, , was greeted by something much different….the sound of silence. The silence that greets you in the morning when you get to sleep in your own bed, in your own home.It’s a sound many of us take for granted, but someone newly housed straight from the streets to the fresh sheets of his own home, it’s the most wonderful sound in the world. Believe in People.

June 21st, 7:07 pm

“Everyone knows about the high level of homelessness in Cork. People are in dire straits. It’s not hard to understand why we wanted to do something as a community-based orchestra to help people who are most vulnerable in our community,” Adrian, the Chairperson of Cork Concert Orchestra says.

The Cork Concert Orchestra are doing their bit in the fight against homelessness on Saturday 24 June from 8.00pm -10.30pm when they’ll present a Night at the Musicals at Cork City Hall. The night promises to be an orchestral trip through some of the world’s best loved musicals, From Les Mis & Phantom of the Opera, to Wicked & West Side Story. For more information and tickets please email Kate Hargrave at kate.hargrave@corksimon.ie or call Kate 021 4929 415.
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June 20th, 7:41 pm

Two weeks can be an eternity when you’re waiting for something that could change your life for the better.

Maura a resident in our Emergency Shelter is facing into that eternity, but she won’t be facing it on her own. Shelter staff member Chrissie knows the challenge facing her: “You and I would think nothing of waiting two weeks but for her, in here…two weeks waiting to get into a treatment centre…staying sober; it’s an eternity. But we’re with her in this, keeping her focused, doing everything we can to get her there.”

For the next two weeks Maura will have all the support and encouragement she needs to help get her through the next two weeks to that point where her life could change for the better. It couldn’t happen without your ongoing support. Your help puts you right there with her…every step of the way.. Thank you for believing in People.
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Two weeks can be an eternity when you’re waiting for something that could change your life for the better.Maura a resident in our Emergency Shelter is facing into that eternity, but she won’t be facing it on her own. Shelter staff member Chrissie knows the challenge facing her: “You and I would think nothing of waiting two weeks but for her, in here…two weeks waiting to get into a treatment centre…staying sober; it’s an eternity. But we’re with her in this, keeping her focused, doing everything we can to get her there.”For the next two weeks Maura will have all the support and encouragement she needs to help get her through the next two weeks to that point where her life could change for the better. It couldn’t happen without your ongoing support.  Your help puts you right there with her…every step of the way.. Thank you for believing in People.

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June 16th, 7:47 pm

We know how fortunate we are to have some of the most wonderful volunteers in the world, our volunteers come from all corners of Cork to help Cork Simon.

One volunteer who uses his passion for music to make a difference in his community is Joe O‘Flynn. Every year Joe busks for Cork Simon, sometimes with family members, sometimes on his own or with other bands he’s involved in, but every time he takes to the streets of Cork he says it’s the good will of the people of Cork that really makes the difference: “It’s always amazing, it really reflects the goodwill of the people of Cork for people who are homeless. Before we’d even started playing people are putting money into the buckets. It’s incredible! I’ve seen the work Cork Simon does, the boots on the ground, and it’s really life affirming. A lot of people put things on Facebook and they think ‘that’s enough’, but nothing will change unless we do something. I wanted to be a doer not a talker. I think, do anything - any action is better than none. Find a way to get involved, find what you’re good at and get boots on the ground and be a doer.”

Joe had his boots on the ground last Saturday at Paul Street when he’s once again busked for Cork Simon as part of Cork Rocks for Rory. Thank you so much Joe!
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We know how fortunate we are to have some of the most wonderful volunteers in the world, our volunteers come from all corners of Cork to help Cork Simon.One volunteer who uses his passion for music to make a difference in his community is Joe O‘Flynn. Every year Joe busks for Cork Simon, sometimes with family members, sometimes on his own or with other bands he’s involved in, but every time he takes to the streets of Cork he says it’s the good will of the people of Cork that really makes the difference: “It’s always amazing, it really reflects the goodwill of the people of Cork for people who are homeless. Before we’d even started playing people are putting money into the buckets. It’s incredible! I’ve seen the work Cork Simon does, the boots on the ground, and it’s really life affirming. A lot of people put things on Facebook and they think ‘that’s enough’, but nothing will change unless we do something. I wanted to be a doer not a talker. I think, do anything - any action is better than none. Find a way to get involved, find what you’re good at and get boots on the ground and be a doer.”Joe had his boots on the ground last Saturday at Paul Street when he’s once again busked for Cork Simon as part of Cork Rocks for Rory. Thank you so much Joe!


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