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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 53 people per night relying on a Cork Simon emergency bed. People are staying for longer and longer in emergency accommodation because they have no other options. Rents in Cork City increased 12% last year; Rent Supplement and Housing Assistance Payments do not come near asking rents.

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Emergency Shelter

Our Emergency Shelter is located on Anderson’s Quay, in the heart of Cork city centre. The Shelter provides care, accommodation and one-to-one support for 47 people around-the-clock, every day of the year. Demand for emergency beds is high – Throughout 2016 the Shelter accommodated an average of 54 people per night – the need for emergency accommodation is so great that we try to accommodate as many people as is safe to do so.

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No One Should Be Left Behind – we need to act now.

People are struggling to find homes and to stay in the homes that they already have.

Over 8,000 people remain trapped in emergency accommodation in Ireland. Many thousands more are hidden homeless and at risk of homelessness.

People urgently need safe, secure, affordable housing and support, for those who need it, to remain in that housing.

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If you know Cork, you know that we live in a caring community. And that sense of belonging, that feeling of community, was here before all of us – and will be here long after us.

Here at Cork Simon, we are blessed that our supporters have enriched our organisation – and our community – with their generous gifts.

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September 20th, 7:02 pm

No One Should Be Left Behind – Over 8,000 people remain trapped in emergency accommodation in Ireland. Many thousands more are hidden homeless and at risk of homelessness.

Please add your voice to theirs. Demand the Government build more social and affordable housing. Sign our petition: action.uplift.ie/campaigns/229
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September 20th, 12:30 pm

Brendan, a volunteer at our Soup Run, sees first hand the difference the Soup Run makes to peoples lives in Cork. ... See MoreSee Less

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Well dun lads

Good work boys. It's good to see a helping hand been done for the people in need

Good on you Brendan.... I'm sure Donald and Noreen are looking down with great pride...what a lovely kind act !

Good people out there fair play to them please don't get me wrong i have nothing against bono his a great prefomer but I think he should pull out of Africa and look after our own

Thanks Brenden,you're a gent 😀

Well done keep up good work

Somewhere near The Bons I believe there is a place called penny dinners or something like that . Anyone No.

Well done brendan hope you are keeping well

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September 19th, 7:51 pm

We’re often asked why people become homeless. There’s no easy answer. There are so many reasons. Mike, for example, was full of hope as he embarked on a fresh start after his relationship broke up. Mike has worked all of his life. And when his hoped-for fresh start never materialised, he was completely lost.

“I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was suffering from depression. I felt lost. Like I was on the outside all the time. Like I didn’t belong anywhere. I’d wake up early in the morning and just wander around or sit on the side of the street. You feel like you’re in everybody’s way because nobody wants you no matter where you are. I’d try to find somewhere out of the way where I’d not be bothering anyone.”

Mike’s life spiralled out of control. He turned to drink to help him cope, but of course it only sent him deeper into his depression. He eventually made contact with our Soup Run. “The Soup Run was something to look forward to. You could get off the street for a few hours. You knew it was there, and you could count on it every day. That was guaranteed. I could go the whole day with nothing to eat, but I knew I could have a feed at the Soup Run. They were always so welcoming and I knew I’d have people I could talk to. It made a big difference to me. A big difference.”

Our Soup Run is a lifeline for many – a lifeline for those on the very edge of homelessness and for those who are struggling to find a way out of homelessness. Very few people can do that on their own. The Soup Run is a place where they know they’re not alone. Thank you for standing with us; for standing with people who have lost everything. Thank you for believing in people.
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We’re often asked why people become homeless.  There’s no easy answer.  There are so many reasons.  Mike, for example, was full of hope as he embarked on a fresh start after his  relationship broke up. Mike has worked all of his life. And when his hoped-for fresh start never materialised, he was completely lost.“I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was suffering from depression. I felt lost. Like I was on the outside all the time. Like I didn’t belong anywhere.  I’d wake up early in the morning and just wander around or sit on the side of the street. You feel like you’re in everybody’s way because nobody wants you no matter where you are. I’d try to find somewhere out of the way where I’d not be bothering anyone.”Mike’s life spiralled out of control. He turned to drink to help him cope, but of course it only sent him deeper into his depression.  He eventually made contact with our Soup Run. “The Soup Run was something to look forward to. You could get off the street for a few hours. You knew it was there, and you could count on it every day. That was guaranteed. I could go the whole day with nothing to eat, but I knew I could have a feed at the Soup Run. They were always so welcoming and I knew I’d have people I could talk to. It made a big difference to me. A big difference.”Our Soup Run is a lifeline for many – a lifeline for those on the very edge of homelessness and for those who are struggling to find a way out of homelessness. Very few people can do that on their own.  The Soup Run is a place where they know they’re not alone.  Thank you for standing with us; for standing with people who have lost everything. Thank you for believing in people.

September 18th, 7:11 pm

Nine-year-old Aoife Clifford is not one to sit on her laurels. A self-taught baker, she recently decided to bake up a batch of homemade cakes, brownies, cookies, flap jacks and short breads to sell door-to-door in her hometown, Fermoy, to raise money for people experiencing homelessness in Cork. She enlisted her sister, Molly, and brother, Aodhan, to help with the sales. Four days later, she had not only raised €50, but also got the homes she visited thinking about the far too many people in Cork who are homeless. And she did all this while starting in third class with a new teacher and preparing for her ninth birthday!

“I really like baking”, Aoife told us when she called in to us to handover the money she raised – and a sample of her baking skills. “I wanted to help people on the street. The people I met door-to-door thought it was a really good idea.”

We think it was an excellent idea – and one that will help make a difference to men and women turning to us for help.

Aoife told us that she taught herself to bake using the BBC Food website and that a Vanilla Sponge Cake was her first baking success – although cookies are her favourite. We hear she’s baking up a storm for her birthday.

Thank you, Aoife. And Happy Birthday – very much deserved.
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Nine-year-old Aoife Clifford is not one to sit on her laurels.  A self-taught baker, she recently decided to bake up a batch of homemade cakes, brownies, cookies, flap jacks and short breads to sell door-to-door in her hometown, Fermoy, to raise money for people experiencing homelessness in Cork. She enlisted her sister, Molly, and brother, Aodhan, to help with the sales.  Four days later, she had not only raised €50, but also got the homes she visited thinking about the far too many people in Cork who are homeless. And she did all this while starting in third class with a new teacher and preparing for her ninth birthday!“I really like baking”, Aoife told us when she called in to us to handover the money she raised – and a sample of her baking skills.  “I wanted to help people on the street.  The people I met door-to-door thought it was a really good idea.”We think it was an excellent idea – and one that will help make a difference to men and women turning to us for help.Aoife told us that she taught herself to bake using the BBC Food website and that a Vanilla Sponge Cake was her first baking success – although cookies are her favourite.  We hear she’s baking up a storm for her birthday.Thank you, Aoife.  And Happy Birthday – very much deserved.

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What an amazing girl with such a big heart to use her wonderful talent to help others. Well done Aoife. Your family must be so proud if you. You're amazing, x

Wow congrats

Well done Aoife.... Your sausage rolls are yummy to... Good girl xx 😋💕

Great work Aoife we are all very proud of you xx

great girl

Wow Aoife..what an amazing girl you are..fair play to you..a beautiful girl with a big heart❤❤

Well done aoife......

Wow well done Aoife your family must be so proud of you.

Well done Aoife...you are going to be a busy girl making such beautiful treats..

What a fantastic kind hearted talented girl Aoife is, well done to Aoife and happy birthday🎉🎁🎀🎂

Well done Aoife. 👍🏻🎂😀a great idea.

Well done Aoife what an amazing young girl

Loved your cake! Wonderful idea. Come back, I'll definitely buy more!!! ❤️

Well done Aoife you're a superstar!

Great girl Aoife you should be so proud of yourself x

Well done Aoife. Great girl.

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September 16th, 7:09 pm

High Support House team member, Aisling, is marking her 16th year working with Cork Simon. She’s seen a lot of people come and go down through the years, but every now and again some come back into her life in the most unexpected ways; “When I worked in the shelter I met a lot of people who were in a bad way - that if they kept going the way they were, they were going to die. Mary was one of those people, but ix months ago I met her walking down the street with her grandson.”

“She was a completely different person to the woman who knocked on our Shelter door all those years ago. She gave me a big hug and introduced me to her grandson. He is now her everything and she told me she can never see herself going back to the place she was in when I first met her. I was so delighted to meet her, she was always such a lovely person and so kind to other people in the shelter too.”

Thanks to you, standing firm with people who have lost everything, people like Mary are quietly turning their lives around every day. Thank you for Believing in People.
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High Support House team member, Aisling, is marking her 16th year working with Cork Simon. She’s seen a lot of people come and go down through the years, but every now and again some come back into her life in the most unexpected ways; “When I worked in the shelter I met a lot of people who were in a bad way - that if they kept going the way they were, they were going to die. Mary was one of those people, but ix months ago I met her walking down the street with her grandson.”“She was a completely different person to the woman who knocked on our Shelter door all those years ago. She gave me a big hug and introduced me to her grandson. He is now her everything and she told me she can never see herself going back to the place she was in when I first met her. I was so delighted to meet her, she was always such a lovely person and so kind to other people in the shelter too.”Thanks to you, standing firm with people who have lost everything, people like Mary are quietly turning their lives around every day.  Thank you for Believing in People.

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An amazing, kind worker.




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