Changes announced as part of Budget 2013 not only will increase the risk of homelessness for those living on the margins but also means that services will struggle to respond to meet growing need. Simon is extremely concerned that once again those who are most vulnerable in our society will be hit the hardest.
Niamh Randall, Simon’s National Spokesperson said “That the homeless budget will be cut by at least 7% and may increase to 10% at a time when the numbers turning to homeless services are growing is unacceptable. We are acutely aware of the pressures of the current economic crisis and the fact that difficult decisions must be made. However, it is critical that we don’t turn the clock back on the progress we have made towards ending long term homelessness. Other changes announced as part of Budget 2013 combined with austerity measures introduced as part of previous budgets will increase the risk of homelessness for those living on the margins, will push people to the edge and some people will fall over the edge”.
Niamh Randall concludes “Demand for our services continues to rise; we are well beyond the point of being able to do more with less. These cutbacks and further cuts for health services, probation and welfare services, education and training services have knock-on effects that contribute to homelessness. The Simon Communities throughout Ireland experience first-hand the dual pressures brought on by reduced funding and the growing numbers of people needing our help. Given that everyone is affected by the recession, more needs to be done to protect the people who turn to Simon as they have nowhere else to go”.
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About Simon Community:
The Simon Communities throughout Ireland provide the best possible care, accommodation and Support for people experiencing homelessness and those at risk. Together, with people who are homeless, we tackle the root causes, promote innovative responses and urge the government to fulfil their commitments. Simon delivers support and service to between
4,500 and 5,000 individuals and families throughout Ireland who experience – or are at risk of – homelessness. The Simon Communities of Ireland is an affiliation of local Communities in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the Mid West, the North West and the South East.
Services range from
- Housing provision, tenancy sustainment & settlement services, housing advice & information services helping people to make the move out of homelessness & working with households at risk;
- Specialist health & treatment services addressing some of the issues which may have contributed to homeless occurring or may be a consequence;
- Emergency accommodation & support providing people with a place of welcome, warmth & safety;
- Soup runs & rough sleeper teams who are often the first point of contact for people sleeping rough.