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 7,000 and 7, 500 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...
Dec 22, 2016

The Simon Communities - Annual Report 2015

Our 2015 annual report was publically launched yesterday Dec 21st 2016. 

The Simon Communities Annual Report highlights 2015 as a year that saw the homeless and housing crisis escalate further with the numbers in emergency accommodation increaasing month after month, social housing at a virtual standstill with over 100,000 people on the housing waiting list and rents continuing their upward spiral. In the Simon Communities, our key focus is to work with people to address their immediate issues while also supporting them to plan for their future. At the time of writing, nearly 7,000 people are trapped in emergency accommodation; most of them have no place to go.

In 2015, the Simon Communities worked with over 8,300 people around the country. For over 47 years the Simon Communities have maintained a proud tradition of not only providing much needed services and housing for thousands of people experiencing the trauma and stress of homelessness, but also campaigning to make sure the State recognises this injustice and responds with more effective policies and appropriate legislation. Sadly, the numbers of people turning to us for help have increased significantly over the last few years; however we are facing these challenges head on, working with all of our partners across the sector.


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Sep 23, 2016

Simon Voices - The Simon Community of Ireland

Simon Voices is a Newsletter produced by users of Simon services for service users nationally. Simon Involvement and Action group has been meeting for 11 years. We meet once a month in Dublin and our members come from Simon Communities from around the country.

The group is about clients meeting to share information about how they have a say in their local Simon Communities and what is happening from around the country. One of our members attends meetings in the EU and reports back on what is happening in homelessness around Europe. We highlight issues about homelessness and come up with new ideas every time we meet.

Our work is important and brings clients from different Simon Communities together. This year the Simon Community are planning:

  • To do a training course on a peer education. This will show us how to run groups for other clients.
  • An event for clients from different homeless organisations in Novemember
  • An outing in the Summer

Members of our group say that that coming to the meetings, gives them satisfaction and confidence; they have a good laugh; they come together as friends and there is support and encouragement; it is a day out from your normal routine.


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Apr 26, 2016

Simon Community Fact File

The Simon Community Fact File outlines the homeless situation in Ireland. It provides the most recent up to date figures of the homeless situation in Ireland.

The Spokesperson for the Simon Community of Ireland, Niamh Randall gives her opinion on the crisis of the homeless situation we have at the moment.

This fact file provides a story of one of our client users, who has been involved with the Simon Community of Ireland.

A brief synopsis;

Simon Community Fact-File

  • Rents up 32.3% nationally while the number of properties available decreases by 77% since 2012.
  • A total of over 13,000 social housing units were delivered in 2015 with only 28 house actually being built.
  • The number of new private residential properties completed in 2015 was 12,666 compared to 93,419 houses in 2006.
  • 70% of mortgages in arrears are in arrears for more than 90 days.
  • The number of people in emergency accommodation has grown to almost 6,000 people.

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