An average of 12.4 people per night were sleeping on the streets of Cork in February – an increase of 26% compared to the previous month. Our 44-bed emergency shelter was overflowing with an average of 51 people staying per night. Our outreach team met 26 people surviving in squats and another 25 people who had no choice but to stay with friends. There were twice as many people sleeping rough in Cork last month compared to a year ago.
From street to home, Cork Simon Community stays with people for as long as they need us. Our Homeless Emergency Support Services work with people one-to-one, responding to all of their needs with a view to housing them as quickly as possible. Our Housing Support Services work with people to maintain their tenancies in housing appropriate to their needs and to support them to reconnect with the wider community.