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From TheJournal.ie Harris: 'No indication there is a second wave here, but not pausing Phase Four would be grossly irresponsible' Covid-19

Harris: 'No indication there is a second wave here, but not pausing Phase Four would be grossly irresponsible'

Ireland is the eighth best country in Europe in relation to Covid-19, says Minister Simon Harris.

From TheJournal.ie In Galway and Cork, concerns grow about 'sharp increase' in homelessness in coming months Second Wave

In Galway and Cork, concerns grow about 'sharp increase' in homelessness in coming months

Staff who work with Simon Community say the last few months have been a struggle.

From TheJournal.ie Spike in rental properties available - but many remain 'unaffordable', warns homeless charity Simon Community

Spike in rental properties available - but many remain 'unaffordable', warns homeless charity

The report, published by Simon Communities, indicates that the new properties will do little to alleviate the housing crisis.

From TheJournal.ie 'There are no longer physical visits': New challenges for homeless families during coronavirus outbreak Homelessness

'There are no longer physical visits': New challenges for homeless families during coronavirus outbreak

Homeless services and local councils have been working to prepare for the spread of Covid-19.

From TheJournal.ie 'If you said 50 years ago there would be families living in tents because they can't afford rent, I would have laughed' Homelessness

'If you said 50 years ago there would be families living in tents because they can't afford rent, I would have laughed'

The Dublin Simon Community is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. How different was the homeless problem back in 1969?

From TheJournal.ie 'It's bringing people together': Ireland rugby matches being screened at specially organised breakfast events for people who are homeless Homelessness This post contains videos

'It's bringing people together': Ireland rugby matches being screened at specially organised breakfast events for people who are homeless

The Simon Community, together with Secret Street Tours, are organising the screenings.

From TheJournal.ie Over 94% of rental properties beyond reach of people dependent on state housing benefits Simon Community

Over 94% of rental properties beyond reach of people dependent on state housing benefits

A recent study found that, of 561 properties, 34 were available within Rent Supplement and HAP limits.

From TheJournal.ie 'We come across kids who are exhausted... situations where toilet training has been almost impossible' Hidden Homelessness

'We come across kids who are exhausted... situations where toilet training has been almost impossible'

Advocates today called for more action on so-called hidden homelessness.

From TheJournal.ie Bullseye's Jim Bowen has died aged 80 Bit Of Bully

Bullseye's Jim Bowen has died aged 80

The much loved TV personality’s death was confirmed by his wife.

From TheJournal.ie Just 7% of rental properties are available within rent support limits Hap

Just 7% of rental properties are available within rent support limits

Simon Communities has published a new report looking at the issue.

From TheJournal.ie Nearly enough people to fill the 3Arena urgently sought help from Simon Communities last year Homelessness

Nearly enough people to fill the 3Arena urgently sought help from Simon Communities last year

Over 11,000 people went to the charity for help in 2016.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's not sustainable': Offaly's only emergency homeless shelter risks closure over funding Rural Ireland

'It's not sustainable': Offaly's only emergency homeless shelter risks closure over funding

Midlands Simon Community’s emergency shelters are running at a deficit of €176,000 a year.

From TheJournal.ie Number of homeless children in Ireland passes 3,000 Record Levels

Number of homeless children in Ireland passes 3,000

There were yet more distressing numbers in the government’s latest homeless figures.

From TheJournal.ie 'Too many people are being left behind': Calls to make housing a priority in the Budget Simon Community

'Too many people are being left behind': Calls to make housing a priority in the Budget

The Simon Community launched its ‘No One Left Behind’ campaign yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Locked out: Most people on housing benefits still can't afford to rent Homelessness Crisis

Locked out: Most people on housing benefits still can't afford to rent

The Simon Community study found that some 630 properties available to rent are beyond the reach of those on HAP.

From TheJournal.ie Architects raise €124,000 for the homeless through free consultations In One Week

Architects raise €124,000 for the homeless through free consultations

Registered architects gave free consultations and asked people to donate €90 instead.

From TheJournal.ie It's on: Ministers begin to declare allegiances as Fine Gael campaign starts The New Boss

It's on: Ministers begin to declare allegiances as Fine Gael campaign starts

A new leader will be in place by the June bank holiday weekend.

From TheJournal.ie There are 27 empty houses for every one person in emergency accommodation Homelessness

There are 27 empty houses for every one person in emergency accommodation

The Simon Communities want vacant properties to be used to boost social housing supply.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland's homeless figure has just passed 7,000 for the first time Out Of Control

Ireland's homeless figure has just passed 7,000 for the first time

A number of homeless charities have called for Minister for Housing Simon Coveney “to get empty homes back into the housing system”.

From TheJournal.ie Over 80% of rents are too expensive for people on housing benefits Snapshot

Over 80% of rents are too expensive for people on housing benefits

The snapshot from the Simon Community finds private rented supply down 44% since May 2015.

From TheJournal.ie 7,000 people will spend Christmas Day 'trapped in emergency accommodation' Annual Report

7,000 people will spend Christmas Day 'trapped in emergency accommodation'

The Simon communities of Ireland say they supported 8,300 people last year.

From TheJournal.ie 'I need a new sleeping bag, some lady poured water down on top of me while I slept' Blue Brigade

'I need a new sleeping bag, some lady poured water down on top of me while I slept'

Sleeping in pairs is the safest way to survive rough sleeping. It means having someone to watch your back, provide company and even body heat, writes Martina Bergin from the Dublin Simon Community.

From TheJournal.ie At least 168 people were sleeping rough in Dublin last night Simon Community

At least 168 people were sleeping rough in Dublin last night

The number of rough sleepers in the capital has reached a record high.

From TheJournal.ie There are now 6,000 people living homeless in Ireland Getting Worse

There are now 6,000 people living homeless in Ireland

The number of those living without accommodation in Ireland increased by 152 in March.

From TheJournal.ie 600 children became homeless in Dublin so far this year Getting Worse

600 children became homeless in Dublin so far this year

Focus Ireland has said at least three families are becoming newly homeless every day.

From TheJournal.ie The number of children in homeless accommodation in Dublin has DOUBLED in a year Growing Problem

The number of children in homeless accommodation in Dublin has DOUBLED in a year

125 new families presented as homeless in Dublin last month.

From TheJournal.ie You can do this one thing tomorrow to show solidarity with the homeless Lights Out

You can do this one thing tomorrow to show solidarity with the homeless

The Darkest Hour initiative is being run by the Simon Community.

From TheJournal.ie Here's the song a homeless charity hopes will be Christmas number one Kolumbus This post contains videos

Here's the song a homeless charity hopes will be Christmas number one

This time of year can be particularly difficult for people on the streets.

From TheJournal.ie 1,571 Irish children will spend their Christmas in shelters Annual Report

1,571 Irish children will spend their Christmas in shelters

The number of people in emergency accommodation is nearly double what it was this time last year.

From TheJournal.ie One year on from Jonathan Corrie's death, we're still relying on short-term solutions Homelessness

One year on from Jonathan Corrie's death, we're still relying on short-term solutions

His death, on a cold November night, sparked nationwide outrage, but what has changed?

From TheJournal.ie Charity warns more homeless people could die as winter sets in On The Streets

Charity warns more homeless people could die as winter sets in

Dublin Simon says the number of rough sleepers is the highest it has ever been.

From TheJournal.ie 'Someone needs to call a halt to this right now. The crisis is worsening every single day' Emergency

'Someone needs to call a halt to this right now. The crisis is worsening every single day'

Almost 5,000 people are now in emergency accommodation.

From TheJournal.ie 'One father told his little boys they were on holiday' Emergency Accommodation

'One father told his little boys they were on holiday'

There has been a significant increase in the number of homeless families in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie For €55 you can get your house looked over by an architect Simon Community

For €55 you can get your house looked over by an architect

At the start of next month architects around Ireland will be offering their services in aid of the Simon Community.

From TheJournal.ie No loose change? Simon Community accepting donations using contactless payments Payment

No loose change? Simon Community accepting donations using contactless payments

It is the first charity in Ireland to use this form of on-street donation.

From TheJournal.ie Over 25 businesses object to new homeless hostel in Dublin city centre Fitzwilliam Street

Over 25 businesses object to new homeless hostel in Dublin city centre

Dublin Simon has defended its reputation following the objections.

From TheJournal.ie Here's an unusual way to raise €20k for the homeless (and see a new side to Dublin) Young Hearts Run Free
From TheJournal.ie People are being turned away from emergency beds in the Midlands "every week" Invisible

People are being turned away from emergency beds in the Midlands "every week"

There’s been a surge in demand for the charity’s services.

From TheJournal.ie 'Trapped' in emergency accommodation: the downside of homeless hostels Homeless Ireland

'Trapped' in emergency accommodation: the downside of homeless hostels

People often become institutionalised in emergency accommodation and find it hard to transition to independent living.

From TheJournal.ie 'Emergency accommodation is just that - for emergencies, not long term' Homeless Ireland

'Emergency accommodation is just that - for emergencies, not long term'

The Simon Community says ideas such as using prefabs to house homeless people is worrying.

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