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Simon Communities Respond as New Figures Show 10,305 in Emergency Accommodation

Upward trend cannot be normalised, says Simon

1 May 2019

The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that it is worrying that the number of people in emergency accommodation stands at another record high of over 10,000 for the second consecutive month.

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New report released by Simon Communities highlights lessons from other countries in developing effective homelessness prevention

Sufficient housing supply, working effectively with other services and prevention as part of an integrated strategy are three essentials to effective homelessness prevention, report finds

16 Apr 2019

The Simon Communities in Ireland today launched a new report on homelessness prevention, which finds that stopping homelessness from happening is the best way to avoid the great human and financial costs that accompanies this extreme form of poverty and exclusion.

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Rental System Remains Inaccessible for Many, says Simon Communities

Responding to the RTB’s latest Rent Index, the Simon Communities renew calls for enhanced security of tenure in private rental sector

28 Mar 2019

The Simon Communities of Ireland have said that figures released today in the Residential Tenancy Board’s (RTB) Rent Index for Q4 2018 highlight the difficulties faced by people relying on the private rental sector for secure and affordable accommodation.

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Simon Communities Respond to Emergency Accommodation Numbers Increase

Over 10,000 people are in emergency accommodation for the first time

28 Mar 2019

The Simon Communities of Ireland have said it is deeply disappointing that the number of people dependent on emergency accommodation has passed 10,000 for the first time, in spite of the enormous efforts of local authorities, Approved Housing Bodies and NGOs alike.

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Private Rental Sector Remains Severely Challenging for Rent Supplement/HAP Recipients, Simon Communities Report Shows

Just 8% of private rental properties on were available within Rent Supplement (RS)/Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) levels in November 2018

5 Mar 2019

The Simon Communities of Ireland have called for the implementation of many of the proposals included in the new amended Residential Tenancies Bill 2018, currently under consideration in the Dáil. The organisation is concerned that there are whole areas of the country where it is almost impossible for people depending on Rent Supplement (RS)/Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) for their housing. The analysis from the latest ‘Locked Out’ snapshot study conducted by the homelessness and housing organisation found that recipients of RS/HAP are locked out of 92% of the rental market. 

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