Believe in People

In 2015, Cork Simon supported 1,298 people experiencing homelessness. As a community working together, Cork Simon continues to Believe in People as much as the volunteers who founded Cork Simon Community did 45 years ago.

This belief in people extends to the 3,500 donors Cork Simon call Room Sponsors - members of the public who contribute through a monthly donation. This helps provide accommodation, access to health services, housing support and training and employment opportunities to those experiencing homelessness.

Cork Simon’s Room Sponsors.

Room Sponsors help ensure that someone who is homeless has a safe, warm place to stay and food to eat while Cork Simon works with them to help them find a home as quickly as possible. Many people who are homeless have long-term problems like poor physical and mental health, addictions and the consequences of childhood traumas. Room Sponsors help provide a safe place for people to stay while they address these issues. They also help provide counselling and access to education, training and employment which can be the foundation of a life off the streets.

The numbers of people sleeping rough in Cork has increased 9-fold since 2011.

Doors are Always Open

Cork Simon Community works in solidarity with men and women who are homeless in Cork, offering housing and support in their journey back to independent or supported living. 

Our door is always open and we support people for as long as they need us. Our Homeless Emergency Support Services work with people one-to-one with the aim of securing appropriate housing as quickly as possible. Our Housing Support Services work with people to maintain their tenancies and to support them to reconnect with family and the wider community.

The number of monthly Room Sponsors supporting Cork Simon has grown from 500 to over 3,500 in the past 4 years.

Room Sponsors Helped shelter 398 people in 2015

The Emergency Shelter on Anderson’s Quay, in the heart of Cork’s city centre, is open 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year providing temporary accommodation, care and one-to one support to people who find themselves homeless. The Shelter accommodates 44 people but throughout 2015 accommodated an average of 50 people per night because the need was so great.

Life expectancy for a homeless woman is 43 years.

Compared to the general population the life expectancy of a homeless woman is greatly reduced to just 43 years; for a homeless man it’s 47 years.  People experiencing homelessness are more likely to have serious mental health issues and they have more physical health problems that the general population.

The 3,500 people who sponsor a room are helping to bring warmth, comfort and safety to those without a home. This makes a real impact.