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#Simon Community

# simon-community - Friday 25 September, 2020

Homeless charities demand action in the Budget as latest figures show 8,700 in emergency accommodation
# Homeless Figures
# Homeless Figures

Homeless charities demand action in the Budget as latest figures show 8,700 in emergency accommodation

Sep 25th 2020, 3:38 PM 11,040 Views 14 Comments

The figures dropped slightly last month compared to July.

# simon-community - Thursday 16 July, 2020

Harris: 'No indication there is a second wave here, but not pausing Phase Four would be grossly irresponsible'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Harris: 'No indication there is a second wave here, but not pausing Phase Four would be grossly irresponsible'

Jul 16th 2020, 6:25 PM 26,923 Views 63 Comments

Ireland is the eighth best country in Europe in relation to Covid-19, says Minister Simon Harris.

# simon-community - Saturday 4 July, 2020

In Galway and Cork, concerns grow about 'sharp increase' in homelessness in coming months
# Second Wave
# Second Wave

In Galway and Cork, concerns grow about 'sharp increase' in homelessness in coming months

Jul 4th 2020, 9:00 PM 24,838 Views 54 Comments

Staff who work with Simon Community say the last few months have been a struggle.

# simon-community - Friday 27 March, 2020

Spike in rental properties available - but many remain 'unaffordable', warns homeless charity
# Simon Community
# Simon Community

Spike in rental properties available - but many remain 'unaffordable', warns homeless charity

Mar 27th 2020, 4:16 PM 26,680 Views 50 Comments

The report, published by Simon Communities, indicates that the new properties will do little to alleviate the housing crisis.

# simon-community - Thursday 26 March, 2020

'There are no longer physical visits': New challenges for homeless families during coronavirus outbreak
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

'There are no longer physical visits': New challenges for homeless families during coronavirus outbreak

Mar 26th 2020, 6:00 AM 15,034 Views 8 Comments

Homeless services and local councils have been working to prepare for the spread of Covid-19.

# simon-community - Friday 15 November, 2019

'If you said 50 years ago there would be families living in tents because they can't afford rent, I would have laughed'
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

'If you said 50 years ago there would be families living in tents because they can't afford rent, I would have laughed'

Nov 15th 2019, 6:10 AM 77,297 Views 70 Comments

The Dublin Simon Community is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. How different was the homeless problem back in 1969?

# simon-community - Saturday 21 September, 2019

'It's bringing people together': Ireland rugby matches being screened at specially organised breakfast events for people who are homeless
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

'It's bringing people together': Ireland rugby matches being screened at specially organised breakfast events for people who are homeless

Sep 21st 2019, 8:30 AM 14,878 Views 17 Comments

The Simon Community, together with Secret Street Tours, are organising the screenings.

# simon-community - Friday 5 October, 2018

Over 94% of rental properties beyond reach of people dependent on state housing benefits
# Simon Community
# Simon Community

Over 94% of rental properties beyond reach of people dependent on state housing benefits

Oct 5th 2018, 8:03 AM 14,638 Views 80 Comments

A recent study found that, of 561 properties, 34 were available within Rent Supplement and HAP limits.

# simon-community - Wednesday 30 May, 2018

'We come across kids who are exhausted... situations where toilet training has been almost impossible'
# Hidden Homelessness
# Hidden Homelessness

'We come across kids who are exhausted... situations where toilet training has been almost impossible'

May 30th 2018, 1:41 PM 20,984 Views 28 Comments

Advocates today called for more action on so-called hidden homelessness.

# simon-community - Wednesday 14 March, 2018

Bullseye's Jim Bowen has died aged 80
# Bit Of Bully
# Bit Of Bully

Bullseye's Jim Bowen has died aged 80

Mar 14th 2018, 1:45 PM 22,790 Views 61 Comments

The much loved TV personality’s death was confirmed by his wife.

# simon-community - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Just 7% of rental properties are available within rent support limits
# Hap
# Hap

Just 7% of rental properties are available within rent support limits

Mar 13th 2018, 8:36 AM 12,819 Views 136 Comments

Simon Communities has published a new report looking at the issue.

# simon-community - Tuesday 19 December, 2017

Nearly enough people to fill the 3Arena urgently sought help from Simon Communities last year
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

Nearly enough people to fill the 3Arena urgently sought help from Simon Communities last year

Dec 19th 2017, 7:41 AM 7,855 Views 30 Comments

Over 11,000 people went to the charity for help in 2016.

# simon-community - Wednesday 29 November, 2017

'It's not sustainable': Offaly's only emergency homeless shelter risks closure over funding
# Rural Ireland
# Rural Ireland

'It's not sustainable': Offaly's only emergency homeless shelter risks closure over funding

Nov 29th 2017, 12:22 PM 7,571 Views 14 Comments

Midlands Simon Community’s emergency shelters are running at a deficit of €176,000 a year.

# simon-community - Friday 29 September, 2017

Number of homeless children in Ireland passes 3,000
# Record Levels
# Record Levels

Number of homeless children in Ireland passes 3,000

Sep 29th 2017, 12:04 PM 9,730 Views 60 Comments

There were yet more distressing numbers in the government’s latest homeless figures.

# simon-community - Tuesday 19 September, 2017

'Too many people are being left behind': Calls to make housing a priority in the Budget
# Simon Community
# Simon Community

'Too many people are being left behind': Calls to make housing a priority in the Budget

Sep 19th 2017, 10:53 AM 10,688 Views 76 Comments

The Simon Community launched its ‘No One Left Behind’ campaign yesterday.

# simon-community - Wednesday 16 August, 2017

Locked out: Most people on housing benefits still can't afford to rent
# Homelessness Crisis
# Homelessness Crisis

Locked out: Most people on housing benefits still can't afford to rent

Aug 16th 2017, 9:07 AM 14,915 Views 105 Comments

The Simon Community study found that some 630 properties available to rent are beyond the reach of those on HAP.

# simon-community - Monday 31 July, 2017

Architects raise €124,000 for the homeless through free consultations
# In One Week
# In One Week

Architects raise €124,000 for the homeless through free consultations

Jul 31st 2017, 6:20 AM 9,261 Views 10 Comments

Registered architects gave free consultations and asked people to donate €90 instead.

# simon-community - Thursday 18 May, 2017

It's on: Ministers begin to declare allegiances as Fine Gael campaign starts
# The New Boss
# The New Boss

It's on: Ministers begin to declare allegiances as Fine Gael campaign starts

May 18th 2017, 5:45 PM 27,378 Views 90 Comments

A new leader will be in place by the June bank holiday weekend.

# simon-community - Thursday 2 March, 2017

There are 27 empty houses for every one person in emergency accommodation
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

There are 27 empty houses for every one person in emergency accommodation

Mar 2nd 2017, 7:00 AM 26,448 Views 29 Comments

The Simon Communities want vacant properties to be used to boost social housing supply.

# simon-community - Thursday 26 January, 2017

Ireland's homeless figure has just passed 7,000 for the first time
# Out Of Control
# Out Of Control

Ireland's homeless figure has just passed 7,000 for the first time

Jan 26th 2017, 8:05 AM 17,360 Views 85 Comments

A number of homeless charities have called for Minister for Housing Simon Coveney “to get empty homes back into the housing system”.

Over 80% of rents are too expensive for people on housing benefits
# Snapshot
# Snapshot

Over 80% of rents are too expensive for people on housing benefits

Jan 26th 2017, 6:01 AM 9,488 Views 53 Comments

The snapshot from the Simon Community finds private rented supply down 44% since May 2015.

# simon-community - Wednesday 21 December, 2016

7,000 people will spend Christmas Day 'trapped in emergency accommodation'
# Annual Report
# Annual Report

7,000 people will spend Christmas Day 'trapped in emergency accommodation'

Dec 21st 2016, 8:42 AM 5,896 Views 47 Comments

The Simon communities of Ireland say they supported 8,300 people last year.

# simon-community - Thursday 22 September, 2016

'I need a new sleeping bag, some lady poured water down on top of me while I slept'
# Blue Brigade
# Blue Brigade

'I need a new sleeping bag, some lady poured water down on top of me while I slept'

Sep 22nd 2016, 7:00 AM 962 Views 75 Comments

Sleeping in pairs is the safest way to survive rough sleeping. It means having someone to watch your back, provide company and even body heat, writes Martina Bergin from the Dublin Simon Community.

# simon-community - Tuesday 20 September, 2016

At least 168 people were sleeping rough in Dublin last night
# Simon Community
# Simon Community

At least 168 people were sleeping rough in Dublin last night

Sep 20th 2016, 11:06 AM 14,764 Views 89 Comments

The number of rough sleepers in the capital has reached a record high.

# simon-community - Thursday 12 May, 2016

There are now 6,000 people living homeless in Ireland
# Getting Worse
# Getting Worse

There are now 6,000 people living homeless in Ireland

May 12th 2016, 8:21 AM 17,544 Views 100 Comments

The number of those living without accommodation in Ireland increased by 152 in March.

# simon-community - Wednesday 13 April, 2016

600 children became homeless in Dublin so far this year
# Getting Worse
# Getting Worse

600 children became homeless in Dublin so far this year

Apr 13th 2016, 5:30 PM 9,642 Views 149 Comments

Focus Ireland has said at least three families are becoming newly homeless every day.

# simon-community - Monday 22 February, 2016

The number of children in homeless accommodation in Dublin has DOUBLED in a year
# Growing Problem
# Growing Problem

The number of children in homeless accommodation in Dublin has DOUBLED in a year

Feb 22nd 2016, 4:09 PM 9,329 Views 78 Comments

125 new families presented as homeless in Dublin last month.

# simon-community - Sunday 20 December, 2015

You can do this one thing tomorrow to show solidarity with the homeless
# Lights Out
# Lights Out

You can do this one thing tomorrow to show solidarity with the homeless

Dec 20th 2015, 6:30 PM 17,258 Views 56 Comments

The Darkest Hour initiative is being run by the Simon Community.

# simon-community - Friday 18 December, 2015

Here's the song a homeless charity hopes will be Christmas number one
# Kolumbus
# Kolumbus

Here's the song a homeless charity hopes will be Christmas number one

Dec 18th 2015, 6:04 AM 11,004 Views 5 Comments

This time of year can be particularly difficult for people on the streets.

# simon-community - Thursday 17 December, 2015

1,571 Irish children will spend their Christmas in shelters
# Annual Report
# Annual Report

1,571 Irish children will spend their Christmas in shelters

Dec 17th 2015, 7:39 AM 7,595 Views 32 Comments

The number of people in emergency accommodation is nearly double what it was this time last year.

# simon-community - Tuesday 1 December, 2015

One year on from Jonathan Corrie's death, we're still relying on short-term solutions
# Homelessness
# Homelessness

One year on from Jonathan Corrie's death, we're still relying on short-term solutions

Dec 1st 2015, 9:03 PM 11,813 Views 59 Comments

His death, on a cold November night, sparked nationwide outrage, but what has changed?

# simon-community - Saturday 26 September, 2015

Charity warns more homeless people could die as winter sets in
# On The Streets
# On The Streets

Charity warns more homeless people could die as winter sets in

Sep 26th 2015, 4:10 PM 12,829 Views 84 Comments

Dublin Simon says the number of rough sleepers is the highest it has ever been.

# simon-community - Sunday 20 September, 2015

'Someone needs to call a halt to this right now. The crisis is worsening every single day'
# Emergency
# Emergency

'Someone needs to call a halt to this right now. The crisis is worsening every single day'

Sep 20th 2015, 7:55 PM 30,858 Views 196 Comments

Almost 5,000 people are now in emergency accommodation.

# simon-community - Saturday 8 August, 2015

'One father told his little boys they were on holiday'
# Emergency Accommodation
# Emergency Accommodation

'One father told his little boys they were on holiday'

Aug 8th 2015, 9:21 PM 35,948 Views 47 Comments

There has been a significant increase in the number of homeless families in Ireland.

# simon-community - Thursday 23 April, 2015

For €55 you can get your house looked over by an architect
# Simon Community
# Simon Community

For €55 you can get your house looked over by an architect

Apr 23rd 2015, 4:39 PM 7,417 Views 1 Comment

At the start of next month architects around Ireland will be offering their services in aid of the Simon Community.

# simon-community - Friday 19 December, 2014

No loose change? Simon Community accepting donations using contactless payments
# Payment
# Payment

No loose change? Simon Community accepting donations using contactless payments

Dec 19th 2014, 7:30 AM 6,503 Views 16 Comments

It is the first charity in Ireland to use this form of on-street donation.

# simon-community - Sunday 14 December, 2014

Over 25 businesses object to new homeless hostel in Dublin city centre
# Fitzwilliam Street
# Fitzwilliam Street

Over 25 businesses object to new homeless hostel in Dublin city centre

Dec 14th 2014, 7:55 PM 27,419 Views 90 Comments

Dublin Simon has defended its reputation following the objections.

# simon-community - Friday 5 December, 2014

Here's an unusual way to raise €20k for the homeless (and see a new side to Dublin)
# Young Hearts Run Free
# Young Hearts Run Free

Here's an unusual way to raise €20k for the homeless (and see a new side to Dublin)

Dec 5th 2014, 7:00 AM 7,674 Views 5 Comments

The power of music.

# simon-community - Sunday 12 October, 2014

People are being turned away from emergency beds in the Midlands "every week"
# Invisible
# Invisible

People are being turned away from emergency beds in the Midlands "every week"

Oct 12th 2014, 8:00 AM 6,418 Views 2 Comments

There’s been a surge in demand for the charity’s services.

# simon-community - Friday 3 October, 2014

'Trapped' in emergency accommodation: the downside of homeless hostels
# Homeless Ireland
# Homeless Ireland

'Trapped' in emergency accommodation: the downside of homeless hostels

Oct 3rd 2014, 8:30 AM 7,365 Views 5 Comments

People often become institutionalised in emergency accommodation and find it hard to transition to independent living.

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