Simon Community: Over a quarter increase in demand for homelessness services

By Marc Morrison

The Simon Community has experienced a 26% increase in demand for their services in just one year, according to their annual report published on Thursday 5 December 2019.

The report stated a total of 16.776 people used Simon Community services in 2018, including 2,834 families with 5,331 children, that’s an increase from 13,304 people in 2017.

Wayne Stanley, National Spokesperson for the Simon Community said: “These numbers show that this homelessness crisis is continuing to impact on the lives of many people.”

The report also stated that the charity supported 5,263 people with housing and 1,738 people with emergency accommodation.

“16.776 people used Simon Community services in 2018, including 2,834 families”

“Our communities ensure that people are not forgotten or left behind in this homelessness and housing crisis,” Mr. Stanley said.

This report comes as the latest homeless figures for October were published this week which saw 10,514 people living in emergency accommodation, which is an increase of almost 800 people compared to October last year.

In a statement, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said: “The number of people in emergency accommodation is unacceptably high and we must continue to implement every necessary support, whilst also driving the continuing increase in the supply of new homes.”

This week Minister Murphy survived a no-confidence motion put forward by the Social Democrats by a margin of 56 votes to 53.

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