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 have been providing services in Ireland for over 40 years. The Simon Communities deliver support and service to over 6,000 individuals and families throughout Ireland who experience – or are at risk of – homelessness every year.
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Homelessness in Ireland
Everyone should have a place that they can call home.
Ireland is in the middle of a housing and homelessness crisis. This homelessness crisis is affecting everyone - people in our cities, in urban and rural areas; and across every aspect of society - single people, young people, older people, families, people with severe health problems, people battling drug and alcohol issues, people this state has failed from a young age. Homelessness rarely has one single cause. Its primary causes relate to poverty, inequality and lack of affordable housing, often coupled with systems failures and individual circumstance. Generally it’s a combination of factors; a lack of security, a lack of belonging and often about being cold, sick and isolated. Amongst this terrible uncertainty, what is absolutely certain is that once people become homeless the impact on their health and wellbeing is devastating.
In December 2014, the Simon Communities reported a 41% increase in the numbers of individuals and families around the country turning to our services for help over a two year period. The numbers in emergency accommodation continue to grow and with 90,000 households on the social housing waiting list, if we don’t move quickly and wisely, long-term homelessness will become an epidemic.
People can and do leave homelessness behind for good, they just need the right support and services. The solution to homelessness is providing appropriate housing with support to meet each person’s needs. This is known as housing-first or housing-led approaches where people are supported to move as quickly as possible and into permanent housing where tailored support services can be much more effective. This is the approach Government has committed to using to end long term homelessness by 2016. In the past it was common to tackle homelessness using the 'staircase model' where people had to achieve a number of goals (e.g. becoming drug/alcohol free) over a period of time to become 'housing ready' before being housed. This approach resulted in managing rather than ending homelessness. It is lengthy, can contribute to long-term homelessness and tie-up much needed emergency accommodation.
Housing first approaches really work and the Simon Communities all around the country are developing and implementing such approaches. The main barrier at present is access to affordable housing.
The Simon Communities in Ireland are a network of 8 local Simon communities across the country providing direct services in response to local needs. No matter where you are in Ireland there is a Simon Community working in your area providing local services for local people.