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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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August 18th, 7:18 pm

If you could tell your 15-year-old self anything…what would it be? Be kinder, be stronger, trust yourself more? But what would you tell your 15-year-old self if you’d experienced homelessness?

One of our residents, Anna, did just that recently. She wrote a letter full of the wisdom of experience to her 15-year-old self and decided to share it with you. Her advice, I think you’ll agree, is something we can all follow at any age. Thank you for believing in Anna; thank you for believing in people.
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If you could tell your 15-year-old self anything…what would it be? Be kinder, be stronger, trust yourself more? But what would you tell your 15-year-old self if you’d experienced homelessness?One of our residents, Anna, did just that recently. She wrote a letter full of the wisdom of experience to her 15-year-old self and decided to share it with you. Her advice, I think you’ll agree, is something we can all follow at any age. Thank you for believing in Anna; thank you for believing in people.

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Amazing advice!

Lisa O Neill

A very powerful letter Anna, wishing you the very best in the future.

Amy Sheridan

Brilliant advice Anna thanks for sharing it

Well done anna

Well said Anna , save me some cake .

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August 17th, 7:02 pm

“Anyone can become homeless. It could happen to me or you. That’s what I’ve learned since I started volunteering here. It could happen to anyone. If you’ve ever experienced a relationship breakdown or family issues; if you’ve ever lost a job or had poor mental health for a period, well then it could be me or you. These are things we all experience. Some of us have more support around us to get us through it; we’re the lucky ones.” Full-time volunteer Alvaro sharing some of what he’s learned so far volunteering with us.

We can all be that support for the many people who have none when hitting hard times. That support helps see people through. Will you show your support by gathering your friends, grabbing some food and helping to make a difference? Will you hold a Great Cork Simon Supper this September and help us raise money to help pay the food bill in our services? Sign up today at: www.corksimon.ie/supper/
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“Anyone can become homeless. It could happen to me or you. That’s what I’ve learned since I started volunteering here. It could happen to anyone. If you’ve ever experienced a relationship breakdown or family issues; if you’ve ever lost a job or had poor mental health for a period, well then it could be me or you. These are things we all experience. Some of us have more support around us to get us through it; we’re the lucky ones.” Full-time volunteer Alvaro sharing some of what he’s learned so far volunteering with us.We can all be that support for the many people who have none when hitting hard times. That support helps see people through.  Will you show your support by gathering your friends, grabbing some food and helping to make a difference? Will you hold  a Great Cork Simon Supper this September and help us raise money to help pay the food bill in our services? Sign up today at: http://www.corksimon.ie/supper/

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Yes I know what its like to be homeless, if I can help in anyway, let me know

Great idea

August 16th, 5:49 pm

Sarah’s come such a long way in her life already and today is another milestone for her in her journey out of homelessness as she has collected her leaving cert results and has done really well.

Just 18 years old and coming out of care she and her sister found themselves homeless; “I was 18 when I came out of care. I went to my sisters, I stayed with her but she lost her place so we both ended up at the Simon,” Sarah says. “My sister, she looked after me...always. I remember her saying to me years ago; ‘Sarah, what do you want to do with your life?’, I said I wanted to go to college and she told me I could do it. She died five years ago, and I wanted her to know I could make something of myself, that I could finish school, go to college. So, that’s what I’m doing, it’s for her.”

Congratulations Sarah and everyone who got their results today!
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Sarah’s come such a long way in her life already and today is another milestone for her in her journey out of homelessness as she has collected her leaving cert results and has done really well.
Just 18 years old and coming out of care she and her sister found themselves homeless; “I was 18 when I came out of care. I went to my sisters, I stayed with her but she lost her place so we both ended up at the Simon,” Sarah says. “My sister, she looked after me...always. I remember her saying to me years ago; ‘Sarah, what do you want to do with your life?’, I said I wanted to go to college and she told me I could do it. She died five years ago, and I wanted her to know I could make something of myself, that I could finish school, go to college. So, that’s what I’m doing, it’s for her.”Congratulations Sarah and everyone who got their results today!

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Well done Sarah 🙂

Well done Sarah

Congrats

Well done Sarah

Well Done

Well done Sarah, congratulations, your sister would be so proud of you

Inspirational! Well done Sarah 🙂

Well done x

Doing your sister proud!! Well done!! 😃😃😃

Well done!! X

Well Done Sarah!

Brilliant, well done Sarah, you're an inspiration to us all.👏👏👏

Well done Sarah your sister would be so proud of you today and rightly so 👏👏👏❤❤❤❤❤

Well done Sarah. Great interview on RTE1 radio today.

Big congrats Sarah... much respect 😀👏

Well done and best wishes for a great future

Congratulations, Sarah! So happy for you 🙂

You should be so proud Sarah on your wonderful achievement Well done

Well done to you

Well done Sarah

Congratulations 😀

Congratulations Sarah!

Congratulations, well done!

Well done sarah.

Well done Sarah, you're an amazing young woman,who deserves every success and happiness in your future. You're an inspiration to us all. Congratulations, enjoy your rewards,xxx

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August 15th, 6:47 pm

265 people were homeless in Cork during the last week in June. Our emergency shelter continues to be overflowing. More people are becoming trapped in emergency accommodation for far too long, making it even more difficult to find space for people who are now falling into homelessness.

Martin in our Housing Support Team knows only too well that housing is the solution to the ongoing homeless crisis: “It’s a constant battle, trying desperately to find places for people to live, then trying desperately to help them keep their homes. I feel so frustrated that there isn’t more housing available, and that the most vulnerable people could fall through the cracks without our help.”

We’ll continue to do what’s needed to prevent as many people as possible falling through the cracks. Thank you for helping us to be there for everyone that needs us. People deserve better.
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265 people were homeless in Cork during the last week in June. Our emergency shelter continues to be overflowing. More people are becoming trapped in emergency accommodation for far too long, making it even more difficult to find space for people who are now falling into homelessness.Martin in our Housing Support Team knows only too well that housing is the solution to the ongoing homeless crisis: “It’s a constant battle, trying desperately to find places for people to live, then trying desperately to help them keep their homes. I feel so frustrated that there isn’t more housing available, and that the most vulnerable people could fall through the cracks without our help.”We’ll continue to do what’s needed to prevent as many people as possible falling through the cracks.  Thank you for helping us to be there for everyone that needs us. People deserve better.

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Too many people being left into ireland....government should see the outcome is distroying Ireland. It looks like Ireland politics needs to be awakened fast to our issue going on. When some dopes are living in Ireland drinking there life away being given money and being housed while familys and singles whom might have had jobs but cost of living got the better of them. Talking on fb will never change politics. Makes me detest government bodies whom are making choices thinking makes ireland look good and not rasist etc., but in fact some choices are ripping Irish familys. Be like other countries......harden up. Be a bitch if thats what it takes to save homeless Irish on the streets and shelters.

August 14th, 7:49 pm

Our Emergency Shelter is a place that’s full of people who have seen hard times, they've faced challenges in life and trauma many of us never will but, as full time volunteer Alvaro knows, many of those very people are still full of hope; “People in the shelter they’ve had hard lives but they still hope for so much more. They say; ‘I want to get back on my own feet again’, ‘I want to be independent’, ‘I want to get a job’. Some of the people staying here will tell you their stories and it can be hard for them, hard to bring up a lot of their pain. But I tell them the past is the past, you’re not going in that direction. It’s behind you. What’s in front of you is a different future.”

Want to be part of that hope, of that better, brighter future? You can by taking part for Cork Simon in this year’s Evening Echo Women’s Mini Marathon. To Sign Up for Cork Simon contact Kate on 021 4929 415 or email kate.hargrave@corksimon.ie
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Our Emergency Shelter is a place that’s full of people who have seen hard times, theyve faced challenges in life and trauma many of us never will but, as full time volunteer Alvaro knows, many of those very people are still full of hope; “People in the shelter they’ve had hard lives but they still hope for so much more. They say; ‘I want to get back on my own feet again’, ‘I want to be independent’, ‘I want to get a job’. Some of the people staying here will tell you their stories and it can be hard for them, hard to bring up a lot of their pain.  But I tell them the past is the past, you’re not going in that direction. It’s behind you. What’s in front of you is a different future.”Want to be part of that hope, of that better, brighter future? You can by taking part for Cork Simon in this year’s Evening Echo Women’s Mini Marathon. To Sign Up for Cork Simon contact Kate on 021 4929 415 or email kate.hargrave@corksimon.ie



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