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#Simon Community

# 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

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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

From Business ETC No loose change? Simon Community accepting donations using contactless payments Payment

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.

# simon-community - Friday 26 September, 2014

Brian Cowen will be sleeping rough tonight (but don't worry, it's for charity)

The 12-hour sleep-out is aimed at raising funds to tackle rural homelessness.

# simon-community - Wednesday 24 September, 2014

Higgins: Being homeless is a 'profound violation of human rights'

The president said he hoped that the ongoing housing debate would lead to more people thinking about the implications of homelessness.

# simon-community - Sunday 21 September, 2014

Column: 'More people are facing a brutal winter on our streets or sleeping in their cars.'

The Simon Community is hoping to press the government into action before the cold sets in.

# simon-community - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

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Ed Sheeran plays surprise gig in Dublin pub tonight

Sheeran is playing a set in Doyles on College Green.

# simon-community - Tuesday 20 May, 2014

'Row in behind' homelessness action plan urges Simon Community

The Cabinet will discuss plans to tackle the homelessness crisis this morning.

# simon-community - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

80,000 new homes are needed but TDs will hear today who needs them and where

A national housing plan is vital argues one social housing group.

# simon-community - Tuesday 24 December, 2013

WATCH: Glen Hansard and Bono busk on Grafton St for Simon Community

Hansard asked those listening to “dig in and keep a few people off the street”.

After their last one was stolen, the Simon Community get a new van

Just in time for Christmas too.

# simon-community - Friday 29 November, 2013

Simon Community says Phoenix Park death highlights the vulnerability of the homeless

A man was found dead in Phoenix Park today who is believed to have suffered from burns.

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