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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 5.3% 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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April 18th, 7:33 pm

“People are sharing very small rooms and spaces, one person or both might have a very bad mental health issue and it’s tough on people. Trying to manage that is difficult enough but when there are so few options for people to find a way out of here it only makes a hard situation harder.” Shelter worker Chrissie

Chrissie's words echo the sad reality for many people in our Emergency Shelter...trapped in temporary accommodation because of a lack of affordable housing options.

People deserve better.
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“People are sharing very small rooms and spaces, one person or both might have a very bad mental health issue and it’s tough on people. Trying to manage that is difficult enough but when there are so few options for people to find a way out of here it only makes a hard situation harder.”  Shelter worker ChrissieChrissies words echo the sad reality for many people in our Emergency Shelter...trapped in temporary accommodation because of a lack of affordable housing options.People deserve better.

April 16th, 7:11 pm

Warmth and a dry bed. They’re simple needs but critical ones on days like today when the rain is lashing off the ground. One of our residents Mark knows what it’s like to walk the streets of Cork in search of shelter..

“I’d walk so far that my legs would go. You’d sit anywhere just to get a bit of shelter. You’d throw yourself down on Ollies St or Patrick St; my favourite place was the South mall because you’d go up the steps and then there was a little shelter. I’d have my two quilts, one for under me and the one on top and I’d take my shoes off and use em as a pillow. I’d be saying to myself over and over again, ‘you’ve got to get yourself off the street; you can’t live like this’. I started to straighten myself out when I went into the shelter. Getting a bed regularly gives you a base to work from.” Mark
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Warmth and a dry bed. They’re simple needs but critical ones on days like today when the rain is lashing off the ground. One of our residents Mark knows what it’s like to walk the streets of Cork in search of shelter..“I’d walk so far that my legs would go. You’d sit anywhere just to get a bit of shelter. You’d throw yourself down on Ollies St or Patrick St; my favourite place was the South mall because you’d go up the steps and then there was a little shelter. I’d have my two quilts, one for under me and the one on top and I’d take my shoes off and use em as a pillow. I’d be saying to myself over and over again, ‘you’ve got to get yourself off the street; you can’t live like this’.  I started to straighten myself out when I went into the shelter. Getting a bed regularly gives you a base to work from.”  Mark

April 15th, 6:41 pm

Recently arrived full time volunteer, Emma is finding that slowly she’s making connections with the residents she’s working with; “I played a game of pool with Mick the last day, he came up to me and asked if I wanted to play. Afterwards one of the staff told me they hadn’t seen Mick play a game of pool in months.”

Right now, it’s a small first step but to Emma knows it means so much for Mick, it’s the first step for him to open about something that’s bothering him, the first step for him to see Emma as a person he can turn to when he needs help.
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Recently arrived full time volunteer, Emma is finding that slowly she’s making connections with the residents she’s working with; “I played a game of pool with Mick the last day, he came up to me and asked if I wanted to play. Afterwards one of the staff told me they hadn’t seen Mick play a game of pool in months.”Right now, it’s a small first step but to Emma knows it means so much for Mick, it’s the first step for him to open about something that’s bothering him, the first step for him to see Emma as a person he can turn to when he needs help.

April 13th, 7:35 pm

“I used to sleep on the street away from the crowds - because it was safer. I’ve seen some awful sights in my time on the street. I saw a man one night; he was asleep in his sleeping bag and this fella walked past him and he booted him in the head. It took a few years for that man come right after it. it was done for no reason. I’d always keep myself to myself for that reason, it was safer.” Patrick

Because of your support we can offer people like Patrick somewhere safe, dry and warm to stay, a place where they can start to put their life back together and work through the trauma of life on streets. Thank you for believing in people.
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“I used to sleep on the street away from the crowds - because it was safer. I’ve seen some awful sights in my time on the street. I saw a man one night; he was asleep in his sleeping bag and this fella walked past him and he booted him in the head. It took a few years for that man come right after it. it was done for no reason. I’d always keep myself to myself for that reason, it was safer.” PatrickBecause of your support we can offer people like Patrick somewhere safe, dry and warm to stay, a place where they can start to put their life back together and work through the trauma of life on streets. Thank you for believing in people.

April 12th, 7:13 pm

Shoot for the moon because if you fall you’ll land on stars! That was the takeaway lesson for some of our residents from our High Support House in Blackrock after their visit to the Blackrock Observatory.

Mike, who went on the trip says it was great to get out into the community and be part of what was happening in his area; “It was brilliant. They showed us the telescopes. We got to look at the moon. It was a great day and we got to do something different. We always have a day out together in the house where we go and do something; it’s great because you need something to occupy the mind. This is a great house for that - we do art and puzzles; there’s always something going on to keep you occupied.”

Thank you for believing in people.
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Shoot for the moon because if you fall you’ll land on stars! That was the takeaway lesson for some of our residents from our High Support House in Blackrock after their visit to the Blackrock Observatory.Mike, who went on the trip says it was great to get out into the community and be part of what was happening in his area; “It was brilliant. They showed us the telescopes. We got to look at the moon. It was a great day and we got to do something different. We always have a day out together in the house where we go and do something; it’s great because you need something to occupy the mind. This is a great house for that - we do art and puzzles; there’s always something going on to keep you occupied.”Thank you for believing in people.



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