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Friday 20 July 2018

More homeless than ever relying on shelter

Cork Simon Community Director Dermot Kavanagh
Cork Simon Community Director Dermot Kavanagh
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Homeless people are now relying on Cork Simon's emergency shelter for 20pc more nightly accommodation than just two years ago - with the charity confirming record numbers of women seeking help in 2016.

Cork Simon launched its 2016 annual report with the confirmation it will now operate an emergency night shelter over the coming winter given the spiralling number of people seeking its services.

The report revealed that an average of 53 people per night relied on an emergency bed last year compared with 50 people in 2015 and 47 people in 2014.

People stayed in Cork Simon's emergency shelter for an average of 54 nights per person compared with 50 nights per person in 2015 and 44 nights in 2014.

Roughly 20 people accommodated per night were deemed to be long-term homeless - a hike of six (an increase of 30pc) on 2015 figures.

Almost one-in-four people staying in Cork Simon's emergency shelter was a woman - the highest percentage (22pc) ever recorded by the charity.

The day service operated by the charity in Cork supported 737 people last year, up from 666 in 2015 and 633 in 2014.

Cork Simon director Dermot Kavanagh said there was enormous pressure on its services: "We provided an emergency bed to record numbers of people each night last year. Our day service has supported more people than ever before."

Irish Independent

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