"I’d a hard old life. I’ve been through the wars and back. I’m after doing so many things to my body I dunno how I’m here."
'Paula' comes from a town in Co. Kerry. In her own words she talks of how she became homeless, her pathway to Cork Simon and how she's now very much focused on her future.
50 Years in the making, decades in the refining. 50 Faces reflecting the thousands of men and women who make us what we are: people believing in people. These are their words, their stories, our experience.
The housing crisis is pushing people into homelessness and preventing people from leaving homelessness behind.
Our Emergency Shelter is overflowing. People are staying longer because they have no other options.
Rents in Cork continue to rise while supply remains at an all-time low; Rent Supplement & Housing Assistance Payments fall well-short of current market rents.
See the figures behind the crisis in our regularly updated Homeless Watch.