For many women who become homeless, it is a temporary situation, they move out of relatively quickly, never to return. The minority are not so lucky however, and get trapped in homelessness, cycling between services. This guide1 focuses on exploring and highlighting the needs of these women. The guide is informed by the findings and learning arising from Women and Homelessness in Ireland: Service use Patterns and Service
Needs a 2015 study commissioned by the Simon Communities in Ireland. This study found that
50% of the women involved in the research had experienced homelessness on multiple occasions. Exiting homelessness temporarily, only to return at a later stage, suggesting that for a large number of women homelessness can be ‘cyclical and recurring.