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Sunday 4 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Simon Community

This year
# sleeping rough
Number of people sleeping rough in Dublin falls by 9% compared to last year
75 of the 83 people found to be sleeping rough had previously been assessed by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive for homeless services.
# eviction ban
'While the moratorium paused evictions, it didn’t stop landlords issuing notices to quit'
Homeless services are worried about the potential impact of eviction ban lapsing.
# Housing Assistance Payment
There were just 41 properties available to rent for people accessing HAP last month
HAP is a form of rental benefit payment to assist lower-income households.
Last year
# Cold Snap
Outreach groups 'doing all they can' so rough sleepers take up emergency accommodation
‘For a whole variety of reasons they may not trust services, they may not trust workers at those services.’
# affordability crisis
92% drop in affordable properties in 10 months as opposition says housing crisis 'getting worse'
The Simon Community has called for HAP rates to be increased to deal with the rising cost of housing.
# Homelessness
Charities raise concerns over inflation as over 9,000 people access emergency accomodation in February
The Department of Housing released the latest figures this afternoon.
# Housing
90 per cent of rental properties unavailable to HAP recipients
Just five properties were available within standard HAP limits for a couple or one parent and one child.
All time
# hap
Report finds 79% drop in number of affordable rental properties available in just three months
The Simon Communities of Ireland is warning that the lack of availability will cause homeless rates to increase.
# Homelessness
Homelessness figures dip but charity warns of lengthy spells in emergency accommodation
May stats show that there are 5,843 adults in emergency accommodation.
# Homeless
Slight decrease of 75 in February homelessness figures
February stats show that there are 8,238 people in emergency accommodation.
# Homeless figures
Homeless charities demand action in the Budget as latest figures show 8,700 in emergency accommodation
The figures dropped slightly last month compared to July.
# Covid-19
Harris: 'No indication there is a second wave here, but not pausing Phase Four would be grossly irresponsible'
Ireland is the eighth best country in Europe in relation to Covid-19, says Minister Simon Harris.
# Second wave
In Galway and Cork, concerns grow about 'sharp increase' in homelessness in coming months
Staff who work with Simon Community say the last few months have been a struggle.
# Simon Community
Spike in rental properties available - but many remain 'unaffordable', warns homeless charity
The report, published by Simon Communities, indicates that the new properties will do little to alleviate the housing crisis.
# Homelessness
'There are no longer physical visits': New challenges for homeless families during coronavirus outbreak
Homeless services and local councils have been working to prepare for the spread of Covid-19.
# Homelessness
'If you said 50 years ago there would be families living in tents because they can't afford rent, I would have laughed'
The Dublin Simon Community is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. How different was the homeless problem back in 1969?
# Homelessness
'It's bringing people together': Ireland rugby matches being screened at specially organised breakfast events for people who are homeless
The Simon Community, together with Secret Street Tours, are organising the screenings.
# Simon Community
Over 94% of rental properties beyond reach of people dependent on state housing benefits
A recent study found that, of 561 properties, 34 were available within Rent Supplement and HAP limits.
# hidden homelessness
'We come across kids who are exhausted... situations where toilet training has been almost impossible'
Advocates today called for more action on so-called hidden homelessness.
# bit of bully
Bullseye's Jim Bowen has died aged 80
The much loved TV personality’s death was confirmed by his wife.
# hap
Just 7% of rental properties are available within rent support limits
Simon Communities has published a new report looking at the issue.
# Homelessness
Nearly enough people to fill the 3Arena urgently sought help from Simon Communities last year
Over 11,000 people went to the charity for help in 2016.
# rural ireland
'It's not sustainable': Offaly's only emergency homeless shelter risks closure over funding
Midlands Simon Community’s emergency shelters are running at a deficit of €176,000 a year.
# record levels
Number of homeless children in Ireland passes 3,000
There were yet more distressing numbers in the government’s latest homeless figures.
# Simon Community
'Too many people are being left behind': Calls to make housing a priority in the Budget
The Simon Community launched its ‘No One Left Behind’ campaign yesterday.
# homelessness crisis
Locked out: Most people on housing benefits still can't afford to rent
The Simon Community study found that some 630 properties available to rent are beyond the reach of those on HAP.
# in one week
Architects raise €124,000 for the homeless through free consultations
Registered architects gave free consultations and asked people to donate €90 instead.
# the new boss
It's on: Ministers begin to declare allegiances as Fine Gael campaign starts
A new leader will be in place by the June bank holiday weekend.
# Homelessness
There are 27 empty houses for every one person in emergency accommodation
The Simon Communities want vacant properties to be used to boost social housing supply.
# Out of control
Ireland's homeless figure has just passed 7,000 for the first time
A number of homeless charities have called for Minister for Housing Simon Coveney “to get empty homes back into the housing system”.
# snapshot
Over 80% of rents are too expensive for people on housing benefits
The snapshot from the Simon Community finds private rented supply down 44% since May 2015.
# Annual Report
7,000 people will spend Christmas Day 'trapped in emergency accommodation'
The Simon communities of Ireland say they supported 8,300 people last year.
'I need a new sleeping bag, some lady poured water down on top of me while I slept'
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
At least 168 people were sleeping rough in Dublin last night
The number of rough sleepers in the capital has reached a record high.
# getting worse
There are now 6,000 people living homeless in Ireland
The number of those living without accommodation in Ireland increased by 152 in March.
# getting worse
600 children became homeless in Dublin so far this year
Focus Ireland has said at least three families are becoming newly homeless every day.
# growing problem
The number of children in homeless accommodation in Dublin has DOUBLED in a year
125 new families presented as homeless in Dublin last month.
# Lights out
You can do this one thing tomorrow to show solidarity with the homeless
The Darkest Hour initiative is being run by the Simon Community.
# Kolumbus
Here's the song a homeless charity hopes will be Christmas number one
This time of year can be particularly difficult for people on the streets.
# Annual Report
1,571 Irish children will spend their Christmas in shelters
The number of people in emergency accommodation is nearly double what it was this time last year.