Cork Simon: Record numbers of homeless is shameful 

Cork Simon: Record numbers of homeless is shameful 
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CORK Simon has said it is ‘disappointing’ and ‘shameful’ to see record-high numbers of adults in emergency accommodation in Cork for the month of October.

October 2019 saw yet another record high number of adults in emergency accommodation in Cork and the Southwest (Cork & Kerry), according the figures released by the Department of Housing.

During the last calendar week in October there were 447 adults in emergency accommodation in Cork, up 3% or 12 individuals since September 2019 and up 28% or 98 individuals in 12 months.

For the first time, more than 600 adults were in emergency accommodation in the Southwest with 608. The number of women and children was also a record high with almost 900 (899) in the Southwest in November.

“It’s most disappointing to see records being broken yet again, and most concerning that the number of adults in emergency accommodation in Cork and Kerry has breached the 600 mark for the first time,”

Cork Simon spokesperson Paul Sheehan said. “It’s shameful that almost 900 men, women and children will be forced to spend Christmas in emergency accommodation here in the Southwest.

“Despite the roll-out of Rebuilding Ireland – the government’s response to the housing and homeless crisis, the upward monthly trend in homelessness continues.

“Since Rebuilding Ireland was launched over three years ago (July 2016), the number of adults in emergency accommodation in Cork has more than doubled; the number of men, women and children in emergency accommodation in Cork and Kerry has increased three-fold.

“There is a real need for a clear Government commitment, backed up by action, that the upwards trend in homelessness will not continue in 2020. As we face into Christmas, we must not allow ourselves to become immune to the continuing worsening of the crisis. We need to remember that this homelessness and housing crisis is not a normal situation and should not be seen as acceptable on any level.”

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