Simon Communities of Ireland

The Simon Communities throughout Ireland provide the best possible care, accommodation and support for people experiencing homelessness and those at risk. Together, with people who are homeless, we tackle the root causes, promote innovative responses and urge the government to fulfill their commitments. Simon delivers support and services to between 4,500 and 5, 000 people who experience - or are at risk of - homelessness on an annual basis. The Simon Communities of Ireland is a network of local Communities in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the Mid West, the North West and the South East. National Office performs a coordinating role in the areas of policy and campaigning, best...
May 1, 2015

Simon Community Spring Update 2015

Please see below Dublin Simon’s Spring review. Dublin Simon is one of the 8 Simon Communities in the National Simon Communities of Ireland.

Dublin Simon Community opened a new Housing Support service, based in South Dublin City Centre, last June. They developed this innovative model of housing and support directly from feedback given by residents living in our medium support housing project at Hazelwood House. Residents had said that the fear of isolation and cutting ties from their keyworker were the main obstacles to living independently.

Residents can then decide how long they would like this level of support and can continue to have indefinite access to the facilities in Hazelwood House if they wish. They can attend classes and activities or just have a cup of tea if they are feeling lonely.

Ray, one of the first residents describes how he settles in to his new home

‘I just want to thank Simon for helping me get to my own place at last and thanks to all the staff for coming up and helping me settle in’.


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Jan 29, 2015

Simon Communities of Ireland Annual Report 2013

As the homelessness and housing crisis continues in Ireland the eight local Simon Communities are working with more than 6,000 individuals and families throughout the country who experience – or are at risk of – homelessness every year.

We are seeing the real pressure in terms of housing supply. There are nearly 90,000 households currently on the social housing waiting list. Rents continue to increase as the number of properties available, especially in urban areas, decreases.

We have seen increased pressure on our services in every part of the country. The Simon Communities have responded to the challenges arising from the economic crisis and austerity by continuing to provide high quality services and meeting the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Our services include:

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

Whatever the issue, for as long as we are needed, Simon’s door is always open.

Please read our 2013 Annual Report launched in December 2014


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Oct 31, 2014

Which Way Home

As a follow up to our Finding the Way Home research and in light of the Government's commitment to end long term homelessness by implementing a housing-led approach, the Simon Communities in Ireland commissioned a piece of research to explore the experiences of the Simon Communities introducing housing-led services. The research was designed to help inform and critically assess the use of housing-led services as a response to homelessness at both national and local level.

The study reinforces the message of the efficacy of housing led approaches once the core elements of harm reduction, the seperation of housing and support and the provision  of intensive, open ended support are available. There are a number of key barriers identified including how to phase the shift away from emergency provision towards investing in housing led options given current demand for emergency accomodation and the lack of of affordable and adequate housing for move on.

This article outlines the Simon Communities recommendation on moving forward with a housing-led approach.


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