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“Simon Communities welcome the temporary legislation but say we must never find ourselves in this situation again”

Simon Communities Statement Emergency legislation Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020

27 Mar 2020

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Simon Communities: It is crucial that a very necessary spotlight is kept on one of the most vulnerable groups in society in what is a very challenging time for us all.

Simon Communities welcoming the initiatives announced to protect homeowners and renters by Minister Paschal Donohoe echoed the concerns highlighted by the European Federation of Homeless Service providers (FEANTSA) and UN rapporteur on housing, Leilani Farha in separate statements issued today.

18 Mar 2020

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Simon Communities Respond as Emergency Accommodation Figures Rise Above 10,000 in January

Highlighting the public sentiment for action on homelessness expressed in the General Election, the charity said that the next Programme for Government must deliver the social and affordable housing needed to fix the homeless and housing crisis

28 Feb 2020

The Simon Communities of Ireland have said the fact that an additional 540 people accessed emergency accommodation in January is disappointing, and shows that the next Programme for Government must include innovative and decisive measures to resolve the ongoing homelessness and housing crisis. While noting that the January increase was not unexpected, the charity highlighted that homelessness in Ireland has grown by 267% in the last five years (January 2015 to January 2020)[1]and this is a clear call to action.

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Simon Communities Respond to December Emergency Accommodation Figures

Welcoming the second consecutive decline in the number of people in emergency accommodation, the charity noted that tackling homelessness must be a key priority for the next Government

30 Jan 2020

The Simon Communities in Ireland have welcomed the decline in the number of people accessing emergency accommodation in December, while stressing that the overall figure remains too high. The charity also noted that seasonal factors must be taken into account in considering the latest figures, which saw a decrease of 717 people in emergency accommodation since November.

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Availability of Affordable Accommodation Remains Critically Low for HAP Recipients in Much of the Country, Improvements for Families Recorded in Dublin, Simon Communities Report Shows

While there were increases in availability of family accommodation within standard and Homeless HAP limits in Dublin, 94.5% of private rental properties surveyed in 16 areas on Daft.ie were beyond standard HAP limits in December 2019

13 Jan 2020

A new report by the Simon Communities of Ireland reveals that an average of just 5.5% of rental housing stock across the country is within standard Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) limits.

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