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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 54 people per night relying on a Cork Simon emergency bed. Rents in Cork are spiralling out of control, increasing by a crippling 14.4% in the twelve months to September 2016. Average rent for a one bedroomed property in the city centre is 64% above Rent Supplement and HAP limits for a single person.

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The Housing and Homeless Crisis in Cork continues to escalate. The scale of that deepening crisis is reflected in the number of people knocking on our door and in the length of time people remain homeless.

The Housing Crisis is driving the Homeless Crisis.

Finding a home is a major problem for many people but an almost impossible barrier to overcome for people experiencing homelessness. Read More

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March 22nd, 7:22 pm

When I open my shop every morning I see so many people who are in need and I’ve always wanted to do something to help”, says Rasa – owner of Tea and Coffee Land on Fenn’s Quay. She has settled on what she wants to do to help – and you can too.
As Rasa fills a paper bag with tea leaves at her shop she tells us about the Cork Simon Coffee Morning she’s hosting on Sunday 26 March from 10.00am to 2.00pm: “The gap here in Ireland between the people who have nothing and the people who have plenty is much wider than anything I’ve ever seen in Lithuania. Holding a Cork Simon Coffee Morning seemed like the right fit; my children have promised to help me on the day and we hope that people will come along and enjoy.” Please join Rasa and her family at Tea and Coffee Land on Fenn’s Quay on Sunday 26 March from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Thee’s still time to hold your own Cork Simon Coffee Morning: www.corksimon.ie/coffeemorning
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When I open my shop every morning I see so many people who are in need and I’ve always wanted to do something to help”, says Rasa – owner of Tea and Coffee Land on Fenn’s Quay. She has settled on what she wants to do to help – and you can too.
As Rasa fills a paper bag with tea leaves at her shop she tells us about the Cork Simon Coffee Morning she’s hosting on Sunday 26 March from 10.00am to 2.00pm: “The gap here in Ireland between the people who have nothing and the people who have plenty is much wider than anything I’ve ever seen in Lithuania. Holding a Cork Simon Coffee Morning seemed like the right fit; my children have promised to help me on the day and we hope that people will come along and enjoy.” Please join Rasa and her family at Tea and Coffee Land on Fenn’s Quay on Sunday 26 March from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Thee’s still time to hold your own Cork Simon Coffee Morning: www.corksimon.ie/coffeemorning

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March 21st, 7:13 pm

High Hopes of music to their ears? The High Hopes choir hopes so as they delivered their first ever performance outside Ireland to deliver a message to the European Parliament’s MEP’s in Brussels: Tear down stereotypes of homeless people. The High Hopes Choir Includes people from Cork, Dublin and Waterford who have experienced homelessness first hand. Let’s hope our MEP’s were left with the message of homes, health, hope ringing in their ears.

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An Irish choir made up of people affected by homelessness performed at the European Parliament tonight. More than half of the members of the High Hopes Choir needed new passports to make today's flight from Dublin to Brussels.
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Good luck to you all.....and well done !!!!!!

Well done everyone

Sinéad Dunphy

March 19th, 7:02 pm

Fresh starts are hard won for people recovering from addiction; a safe place to call home can make all the difference. For many people in our two Aftercare houses finding a home of their own while continuing their recovery seems impossible. “It all comes back to housing,” Max, our Aftercare and Addiction Support worker, says.

“It’s difficult for people to move on from the Aftercare houses because the accommodations is just not there; the rents have increased so much. For one person in our Aftercare houses it’s particularly hard; he has children and they can’t visit him. It’s tough, it’s so tough. Especially because he’s done everything he can.” Sadly, in the current housing crisis, doing everything right doesn’t seem to be enough. People deserve better.
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Fresh starts are hard won for people recovering from addiction; a safe place to call home can make all the difference. For many people in our two Aftercare houses finding a home of their own while continuing their recovery seems impossible. “It all comes back to housing,” Max, our Aftercare and Addiction Support worker, says.

“It’s difficult for people to move on from the Aftercare houses because the accommodations is just not there; the rents have increased so much. For one person in our Aftercare houses it’s particularly hard; he has children and they can’t visit him. It’s tough, it’s so tough. Especially because he’s done everything he can.”  Sadly, in the current housing crisis, doing everything right doesn’t seem to be enough. People deserve better.

March 18th, 6:59 pm

On cold concrete, with no shelter from the rain, a group of 25 young people are huddled together. Sleeping bags, sheets and cardboard are discarded around them, morning commuters on their way to work do a double take. They ask questions. Thirteen-year-old Brian takes the chance to tell them what he’s learned about homelessness and why we all need to be asking more questions.

Brian’s experience as part of a sleep-out by a group of 25 young people,organised by Coachford Foroige has resulted in him wanting to do more: “The first couple of hours we thought it was fun. But then the rain came, that’s when we really started to realise what it’d be like if we were homeless, if this was our life. We could go home in the morning and have a shower, eat and then go to bed. People who are homeless can’t do that. I’m thirteen and not many people my age know what it’s like for people who are homeless, or know that we can make a real difference. Doing this has really given me a driving force to keep going and keep trying to make a difference.” Thank you so much to Brain and all the members and leaders of Coachford Foroige for knowing that everyone has the power to make a difference. They raised an incredible €3,055.
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On cold concrete, with no shelter from the rain, a group of 25 young people are huddled together. Sleeping bags, sheets and cardboard are discarded around them, morning commuters on their way to work do a double take. They ask questions. Thirteen-year-old Brian takes the chance to tell them what he’s learned about homelessness and why we all need to be asking more questions. 

Brian’s experience as part of a sleep-out by a group of 25 young people,organised by Coachford Foroige has resulted in him wanting to do more: “The first couple of hours we thought it was fun. But then the rain came, that’s when we really started to realise what it’d be like if we were homeless, if this was our life. We could go home in the morning and have a shower, eat and then go to bed. People who are homeless can’t do that. I’m thirteen and not many people my age know what it’s like for people who are homeless, or know that we can make a real difference. Doing this has really given me a driving force to keep going and keep trying to make a difference.”  Thank you so much to Brain and all the members and leaders of Coachford Foroige for knowing that everyone has the power to make a difference. They raised an incredible €3,055.

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Well done to all involved that's a fantastic achievement..

Brilliant thing to do. Well done.

Well done!

Well done .fantastic thing to do

Well done to all

What all of you did took a lot of courage and compassion. Well done for daring to care.

Inspirational..

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March 17th, 7:10 pm

Happy St Patrick Day - may you always have walls for the wind, a roof for the rain and a warm cup of tea by the fire.

The love of hearth and home runs deep in all of us. But what happens when you’re left without a roof over your head? No walls to shelter you from the elements? Nothing to warm you but a few blankets or a sleeping bag? Thanks to your help there’s an open door, shelter and warmth for everyone not touched by that old Irish blessing. We’re here for people whenever they need us – every night of the year. Thanks to you we are the walls against the wind, the roof against the rain and the warm cup of tea by the fire. Thank You for believing in people.
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Happy St Patrick Day - may you always have walls for the wind, a roof for the rain and a warm cup of tea by the fire.  

The love of hearth and home runs deep in all of us.  But what happens when you’re left without a roof over your head? No walls to shelter you from the elements? Nothing to warm you but a few blankets or a sleeping bag? Thanks to your help there’s an open door, shelter and warmth for everyone not touched by that old Irish blessing. We’re here for people whenever they need us – every night of the year. Thanks to you we are the walls against the wind, the roof against the rain and the warm cup of tea by the fire. Thank You for believing in people.


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