May 18, 2017

Locked out of the Market VII Report - May 2017

The locked out the Market VII report summarises the results of a snapshot study undertaken over three consecutive days in March 2017, to track the number of properties available to rent under the Department of Social Protection Rent Supplement (RS) limits and Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG) Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) limits. 

Details were covered by to Quarter 1, 2017 Rental Report, rents rose by an average of 13.4% between January and March 2017. During this period, average national rents rose from €1,111 to €1,131. There were fewer than 3,100 homes to rent nationwide on May 1st 2017, down from 4,000 on February 1st and in line with May 2016, the lowest on record.

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.

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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