“I was sleeping by a church, by the Simons, anywhere I could get my head down. You would be afraid to go to sleep. Every piece of your body would be sore. No matter how many blankets or what you have around you, the cold gets in. The cold always gets in.”
Our Outreach Team works on the street and from our Day Service, supporting people sleeping rough, surviving in squats or people who have no other option but to stay with friends – people on the very edge of homelessness.
Throughout 2017 the Outreach Team met 513 people sleeping rough – a 57% increase compared to 2016.
The Outreach Team work on the streets, with the volunteers on the Soup Run and from the Rough Sleeper Service in our Day Centre. They support people sleeping rough on the street, in tents or in cars and other vehicles; they support people surviving in squats, people who have no option but to stay with friends, and people who are at risk of losing their homes.
In 2017 there has been a 10% increase in the number of homeless adults in Cork over twelve months.
The Outreach Team quickly assesses each person’s needs and refers them to services most appropriate to those needs, advocating on their behalf where necessary.
Since November 2017, we have provided an extra 15 places every night in our Day Centre with support from Cork City Council. These places are basic; mattresses and sleeping bags, but they at least provide respite from the outdoors.
Since 2011 there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of people sleeping rough in Cork. The Outreach Team met 38 people sleeping rough for at least one night in 2011. This increased to 161 people in 2012, increased to 176 people in 2013, increased to 284 people in 2014, increased again to 345 people in 2015 and has increased to a record number of 513 people in 2017.