SUSTAINING THE ACCELERANT? THE RESPONSES OF SIMON COMMUNITIES TO FOUR WAVES OF COVID-19
We are delighted to launch this research as part of our Simon Week campaign. This research report evaluates the responses of the Simon Communities in the Irish Republic to the challenges posed by COVID-19 from the points of view of the Simon Communities themselves and of key statutory (Local Authority and Health Service Executive) respondents, during the successive waves of the pandemic from March 2020 to August 2021. While responses to the challenges posed by COVID-19 varied across the Simon Communities with their different mix and scale of services, the focus of the research is to arrive at an overall evaluation of these responses, rather than providing a detailed evaluation for each region. Although reflecting the Simon Communities context, the findings are likely to be indicative of
the experiences of other homelessness NGOs during this period.