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#Simon Community

# simon-community - Friday 27 March, 2020

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.

# simon-community - Thursday 26 March, 2020

'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.

# 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'

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 This post contains videos

'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 - Friday 5 October, 2018

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.

# simon-community - Wednesday 30 May, 2018

'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.

# simon-community - Wednesday 14 March, 2018

Bullseye's Jim Bowen has died aged 80

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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 This post contains videos

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.

# simon-community - Thursday 17 December, 2015

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.

# simon-community - Tuesday 1 December, 2015

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

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

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'

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'

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

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

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

Dublin Simon has defended its reputation following the objections.

# simon-community - Friday 5 December, 2014

# simon-community - Sunday 12 October, 2014

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

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

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

# simon-community - Thursday 2 October, 2014

'Emergency accommodation is just that - for emergencies, not long term'

The Simon Community says ideas such as using prefabs to house homeless people is worrying.

# simon-community - Wednesday 1 October, 2014

What causes people to become homeless in Ireland?

How well do we understand the reasons?

# simon-community - Tuesday 30 September, 2014

'Failed time and time again': 46% of homeless women were sexually abused as kids

Research launched today by Simon found 92% of these women experienced high levels of violences at some stage in their lives.

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