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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 and an average of 15 people a night are sleeping rough. Rents in Cork are spiralling out of control, increasing 14.4% in the 12 months to September 2016. Average rent for a one bed property in the city centre is 58% above Rent Supplement and HAP limits for a single person.

 

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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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Coffee and Currachs

Sat Dec 10th, 2016, 11:30AM

Lapps Quay Boardwalk

Enjoy Tea/Coffee, homemade cakes, festive music and a trip ina currach for a small doantion! All welcome Saturday 10 December at The Boardwalk, Lapps Quay from 11.30am to 1.00pm.Organised by Naomhóga Chorcaí Currach Rowing Club

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Jo's Cafe supporting Cork Simon

Fri Dec 9th, 2016, 8:00AM

Jos Cafe Kinsale

Jo's Cafe at 55 Main Street, Kinsale will donate 50cent of every Hot Drink (Coffees, Teas and Hot Chocolates) sold this Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December to Cork Simon Community!

Jos Cafe supporting Cork Simon

December 8th, 11:09 am

Will you help make Christmas that little bit brighter for people experiencing homelessness? No one should be left on their own at this time of year. Please help us provide food, warmth and shelter by donating €25. You can donate securely at www.corksimon.ie/donate/. There is no worse time to be homeless. Thank you so much. ... See MoreSee Less

Will you help make Christmas that little bit brighter for people experiencing homelessness? No one should be left on their own at this time of year. Please help us provide food, warmth and shelter by donating €25. You can donate securely at www.corksimon.ie/donate/. There is no worse time to be homeless. Thank you so much.

Ger Clancy, Philippa O Leary and 1025 others like this

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Michelle JohnstoneYes, thanks for the opportunity

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Sean O NeillYou can have my time anytime

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Ryan Jayden Sebastian SummersAwe that's tough alright, very sad to see so many in this situation,

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James Sugrue90% of the your donation goes directly to the Homeless and Housing services and for this reason the Simon Community will always be No 1 with me to support.

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Leon GaynorSince this doesnt seem to be helping wouldnt it be better to donate to the root causes? just saying

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Cathy WildeNot just at Chrstmas. We should not have homeless on the streets any time.

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Sarah CoughlanI sure will

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Ann McCarthyI will

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Gav Billinghamdone..

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Snezhana AngelovaThen why Simon is wasting money on sending expensive paper Christmas cards, labels with my name, my privata data and engraving my name on a key holder?!!!why is this pushing and spending money around in such a bullshit when these money are needed for the homeless?????

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Snezhana AngelovaTwo times I received in my post box a letter for an urgent help and it happened that the minimum you can give is 50 euro?! I want to donate but 50 euro is too much for me as I am not employed. From the check they send you you cannot give less than fifty

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Shellack MurphyDone

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Anne TwomeyYes will help but very disappointed with letter I got today looking for money with Christmas cards, keyring engraved etc etc enclosed. Money spent on all this could have helped someone. Tried to ring to complain but didn't get any reply.

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Richard BarryFood,warmth i understand but can shelter be explained?

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Daniel CostelloWould tent thouses be tolerated in Berlin or Brussels ?

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Jmy RicochetDone. All the best for you and the people you help. 👍

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Dudley MorganI say open the doors to our empty churches and give them shelter!!! Ireland is awash with giant empty churches so be a real Christian and look after the poor and homeless.

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Anita CoughlanSo sad, especially at this time of year!! Xx

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Robert Ram MullenIs it not time to stand up to the massive stores and ask them what they do for the homeless before we buy? They should have a brochure on how they use their brains in Doing something for those who have Nothing. How much is wasted on bad advertising ?

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Rosaleen KellyDone.. with love ❤

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Cathal John QuirkeI will be donating, but I find it strange that the amount here is €25 and I got a letter asking for €50 without any key ring ! There must be someone new in the marketing dept !

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December 7th, 3:04 pm

Liam was homeless last Christmas: “It was bleak, really bleak; thinking back now to last year, a lot has changed. It was serious graft to get to this place. It was tedious, boy, it was graft; waking up every morning staring at a wall and hoping that one day the view will get bigger.”
Liam was staying in emergency accommodation when he was eventually encouraged to get involved with our Employment and Training team – and his hopes of a bigger view started to come true. The team recently arranged for a few weeks of work experience for Liam with Marks and Spencer. “I was nervous - I didn’t sleep the night before my first day. I was worried if my background was going to affect me fitting in.” It didn’t.

“In the second week they (M&S) pulled me in for an interview for a job. They interviewed me ‘cause I was good at the job. That moment, getting that job, has been the platform to bigger thinking for me.”
A huge moment for Liam came when he was awarded a ‘Spotlight Award’ for helping a customer. “I’m unbelievably happy. Christmas is basically made for me because of my job. It’s the self-confidence it gives you. That first step; getting that to get work experience, and then it’s all down to you. It’s a Lego block to what you nearly dream of sometimes.”
The bigger view for Liam now is further education. “If someone said to me two years ago, last year even, that I’d be working in Marks and Spencer, I’d have said ‘you’re cracked!’ Dreams literally can happen if you work for it. Pick up the Lego.”
Sometimes it can be easy to lose hope, to believe that the scale of the homeless crisis is too big to solve. But as Liam’s experience shows…it can be solved…one brick at a time. Thank You for believing in people.
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Liam was homeless last Christmas: “It was bleak, really bleak; thinking back now to last year, a lot has changed. It was serious graft to get to this place. It was tedious, boy, it was graft; waking up every morning staring at a wall and hoping that one day the view will get bigger.”
Liam was staying in emergency accommodation when he was eventually encouraged to get involved with our Employment and Training team – and his hopes of a bigger view started to come true. The team recently arranged for a few weeks of work experience for Liam with Marks and Spencer. “I was nervous - I didn’t sleep the night before my first day.  I was worried if my background was going to affect me fitting in.” It didn’t.“In the second week they (M&S) pulled me in for an interview for a job. They interviewed me ‘cause I was good at the job. That moment, getting that job, has been the platform to bigger thinking for me.”
A huge moment for Liam came when he was awarded a ‘Spotlight Award’ for helping a customer. “I’m unbelievably happy.  Christmas is basically made for me because of my job. It’s the self-confidence it gives you. That first step; getting that to get work experience, and then it’s all down to you. It’s a Lego block to what you nearly dream of sometimes.”
The bigger view for Liam now is further education.  “If someone said to me two years ago, last year even, that I’d be working in Marks and Spencer, I’d have said ‘you’re cracked!’ Dreams literally can happen if you work for it. Pick up the Lego.”
Sometimes it can be easy to lose hope, to believe that the scale of the homeless crisis is too big to solve.  But as Liam’s experience shows…it can be solved…one brick at a time.  Thank You for believing in people.

Angela Twomey, Emma Kenneally and 1869 others like this

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Cora FitzpatrickAwww brill well done u wish u well.

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Anna FoleyWell done and well deserved,wishing you the very best.☺

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Susan GogginGreat news wishing you all the best for the future 😊

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Maria NolanWell done - stay positive & keep going.

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Eileen HarringtonWell done

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Sharon SweeneyWell done to you liam!!! I love hearing good news stories like this ❤❤❤

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Mags McGurl-ConnollyFabulous, well done! You're an inspiration!

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Claire O'FlynnWell done happy Christmas

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Mary MulcahyWell done good luck xx

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Patricia QuilliganWell done

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Stephanie Ní SamhradháinWell done keep going !

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Mary LeeWell done to u Liam..wishing u all the best and a very happy xmas 😊

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Helen O'LearyWell done ! Keep going!

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Mary CoughlanSo inspiring!!! Xx

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Rose O SheaWell done you!

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Suzanne BrettWell done ! Delighted for Liam . Keep up the good work x

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Niamh O SullivanFantastic

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Seamus O GreachainWell done fair play ! Happy days

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Jackie TannerWell done wishing you all the best for the future 👍🏻👍🏻

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Tracey O'MahonyWell done

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Elizabeth Murphy-SheehanSo thrilled for you Liam...

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Teresa DalyWell done you.👌👌👌

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Claire FieldingWell done liam go follow ur dream.

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December 6th, 7:35 pm

Can a 12 year old help save a life? You bet!
Caoimhe Gubbins from Bartlemy village took it on herself to host a Christmas Jumper Day Coffee Morning in her house last Sunday and raised an amazing €1300!!! She heard about Cork Simon Christmas Jumper Day on the radio which prompted her to act. We know one person who's on the top of Santa's 'nice' list this year! Well Done Caoimhe and thank you so much!
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Can a 12 year old help save a life? You bet!
Caoimhe Gubbins from Bartlemy village took it on herself to host a Christmas Jumper Day Coffee Morning in her house last Sunday and raised an amazing €1300!!!  She heard about Cork Simon Christmas Jumper Day on the radio which prompted her to act. We know one person whos on the top of Santas nice list this year! Well Done Caoimhe and thank you so much!

Aoife de Barra, Nuala O'Keeffe and 219 others like this

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Ronnie GriffinWell done you are an example to us all

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Lyndzie O'regan McgahanWell done 👍🏼

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Marie GubbinsSo so proud ❤❤❤ Well done Caoimhe xxx

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Oliver SavageWell done Caoimhe your a star

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Claire OflynnWell done

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Maeve O LearyWell done Caoimhe.

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Ann-Marie Burdetta fantastic gathering in our little village 🎄 thank you caoimhe for your huge effort.. 💖 xx

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Sheila Mulqueen-GallagherAh that's fab Caoimhe. Well done. Sx

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Colette O'BrienWell done Caoimhe x

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Noreen BeecherWell done you are amazing☺

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Finola O'ConnorWell done Caoimhe!!

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Kay DoyleWow! Take a bow young lady. Well done! 👍

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Gillian KennyWell done Chaoimh.

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Lisa KennyWell done caoimhe👍👍

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Julie O'MahonyWell done Caoimhe!

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Caitriona KennedyCongrats caoimhe 👍🏼

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Anne OcallaghanWell done Caoimhe. 🎅

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Rose O' DriscollWell done Caoimhe

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Betty CahillWell done Caoimhe

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Louise BarryGreat work Caoimhe

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Valerie CollinsWell done Caoimhe

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Caroline BroderickWell done Caoimhe

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Louise O'DonoghueFantastic Caoimhe.. Well done to you..amazing x

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Geraldine CashmanCongrats well done

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Kate O ConnellWell done Caoimhe

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