RIAI Simon Open Door 2017


About Simon Communities

The Simon Communities in Ireland are a network of eight regionally based independent Simon Communities based in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the Mid West, the North West and the South East that share common values and ethos in tackling all forms of homelessness throughout Ireland, supported by a National Office. The Simon Communities deliver support and service to over 8,300 individuals and families throughout Ireland who experience – or are at risk of – homelessness every year.

Whatever the issue, for as long as we are needed, Simon’s door is always open. For more information please log on to www.simon.ie

Services range from

  • Housing provision, tenancy sustainment & settlement services, housing advice & information services helping people to make the move out of homelessness & working with households at risk.
  • Specialist health & treatment services addressing some of the issues which may have contributed to homeless occurring or may be a consequence.
  • Emergency accommodation & support providing people with a place of welcome, warmth & safety.
  • Soup runs & rough sleeper teams who are often the first point of contact for people sleeping rough.

The Simon Communities of Ireland

  • Cork Simon Community (Cork, Kerry)
  • Dublin Simon Community (Dublin, Kildare, and Wicklow)
  • Dundalk Simon Community (Louth, Meath, Cavan, and Monaghan)
  • Galway Simon Community (Galway, Mayo, and Roscommon)
  • Midlands Simon Community (Longford, Westmeath, Laois, and Offaly)
  • Mid West Simon Community (Limerick, Clare, and Tipperary)
  • North West Simon Community (Donegal, Sligo, and Leitrim)
  • South East Simon Community (Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, and Kilkenny)

To find more about the Simon Communities of Ireland, please visit www.simon.ie



Homelessness in Ireland

The numbers

It is no surprise to anyone in Ireland to hear we are the midst of a housing and homeless crisis the scale of which we have not seen before. There are at least 100,000 people on the social housing waiting list while there are almost 200,000 empty homes around the country. Quarterly data from Daft.ie and the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) shows that rents are continuing to climb at an alarming rate while the numbers of properties available is decreasing each quarter. Meanwhile there are almost 7,500 men, women and children living in emergency accommodation and the numbers are growing. These numbers all represent people trying to go about their lives - they are all someone’s son or daughter, someone’s sister or brother, someone’s friend.

The experience of homelessness

When people think of homelessness, they often think of rough sleeping. While rough sleeping is the most extreme form of homelessness; it also includes people who are living in shelters and emergency accommodation, people who have no place of their own and therefore end up sharing crowded accommodation with family and friends, people who are living in inadequate housing or those at risk of homelessness who are living under threat of insecure tenancies or eviction. The damage being done is untold. People living in emergency accommodation; hotels, hostels, B&Bs are often forced to wander the streets during the day until such time as they can return to their accommodation and some hope for a bed. They have nowhere to bring friends to share food and conversation, nowhere for children to play. The Simon Communities come across the many reasons why people become homeless and we deal with them all.

Planning for the Future

People’s lives are on hold as they remain stuck in emergency accommodation because there is nowhere for them to move on to. A home gives people a base to plan for the future. Without shelter, safety and security it is almost impossible to function; to participate in society and to get involved in your community. We must let people know they have not been forgotten and left behind. The RIAI and its members have been steadfast supporters of the Simon Communities in Ireland for over ten years now. Without this, we could not continue the work that we do, providing services and campaigning for those who need us most. With your continued support, we will be there for as long as we are needed.