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The most visible form of homelessness is people sleeping on the streets. But what’s the broader picture?
Sleeping on the streets or sleeping rough is the most extreme form of homelessness – often referred to as roofless. The vast majority of people who are homeless in Cork are not sleeping rough.
Homelessness takes many forms. Sleeping rough is very visible but many people’s experiences of homelessness are hidden. People who are homeless may stay in emergency shelters such as Cork Simon’s Emergency Shelter on Anderson’s Quay; some may be staying in insecure housing such as with relatives or friends on a temporary basis or in squats; some may be staying in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs or refuges; and some may be staying in temporary structures such as tents.
Homelessness causes countless practical difficulties. It also has a detrimental affect on people’s health and well-being. It is an isolating experience and people who are homeless are some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded people in our society.