Can you imagine how you could end up homeless, the course your life might take to find yourself without a roof over your head? But what if you lost your wife, your husband, your child? What if your business had to close down or you lost your job? What if your rent supplement was cut and you couldn’t stay in your home? What if you suffered from a mental illness or an addiction?
At Simon, these are the stories we hear every day. Homelessness is not as far away as people may think, especially in these tough and uncertain times. It really can happen to anyone. It is never a choice.
In 2014, the number of people who are long term homeless has grown by 53%, individuals who are stuck in emergency accommodation has increased to 2,298 in Dublin (1598 in 2013). Even more disturbing is the 1,275 children and 607 families who are without a home in the Dublin region alone.
Dublin Simon Community is focused on providing supportive services at all stages of homelessness and supportive alternatives to people living in despair, enabling them to rebuild their lives and empower them to secure a safe home of their own.
To do this, we continue to develop services that tackle the root causes of homelessness, as well as providing permanent housing options, supports and preventative services that can move people out of homelessness for good. Services range from:
- Emergency and Outreach Services
- Housing Services
- Treatment and Recovery Services
- Preventing Homelessness Services
- Personal Development Services
Projects in 2018
Offer access to our emergency shelters in Dublin to 600 homeless people.
Offer our addiction treatment, recovery and counselling services to 500 people.
Engage over 500 people with our Independent Living and Prevention services.