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Between January and August, Cork Simon had to turn away on average one person every second night because of over-capacity. Picture David Creedon
Between January and August, Cork Simon had to turn away on average one person every second night because of over-capacity. Picture David Creedon
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City Hall says nobody is turned away from the homeless nightlight service

NOBODY is being turned away from homeless nightly services operated by Cork Simon, City Hall’s director of housing has claimed. 

The charity’s emergency facility at Anderson’s Quay has 47 beds and room for 15 mattresses on the floor through its Nightlight Service.

The service was introduced in November 2018 as a temporary measure but has had to remain in place due to demand.

Between January and August, Cork Simon had to turn away on average one person every second night because of over-capacity.

In September, that went up to two a night. However, in October, six to seven people per night could not access beds, according to Cork Simon. Cork Simon told The Echo last month that its services were under increasing pressure due to an annual increase of 27% people presenting as homeless.

Cork City Council director of housing Brian Geaney said nobody is currently being turned away from the service.

“Since the winter strategy was implemented we’ve had vacancies every night in the Nightlight service operated by the council despite reports that came out in the media.

“We’ve had vacancies every night over the last 10 nights. No one is being left without accommodation that presents to Cork Simon Community to avail of the Nightlight service,” Mr Geaney.

Mr Geaney has also said that the number of families presenting as homeless has fallen to its lowest level so far in 2019.

The number had peaked in February with 76 families without a permanent home and almost half of these on the city council’s housing list.

However, Mr Geaney said new housing supply has reduced the number from 73 families in August to just under 60.

“It is now gone to 58 which is the lowest level in 2019. What we’re seeing now is a new supply that is coming on board and that is having an effect,” Mr Geaney.