Homeless people in Cork get spat and urinated on by drunken revellers

Homeless people in Cork get spat and urinated on by drunken revellers

Homeless people sleeping rough in Cork city are facing a barrage of abuse from drunk people coming out of pubs and nightclubs.

Paul Sheehan of Cork Simon's Campaign said that homeless people are rarely victims of violent crime, but have reported being spat at and urinated on late at night.

"This would be after the nightclubs and pubs close, so alcohol is involved," Mr Sheehan told the Echo.

He also said women face particular issues when sleeping rough. "A lot of women would be concerned about sexual assault and unwanted attention late at night. Women sleeping rough don't really get any sleep at all, they have to sleep with one eye open nearly."

Speaking about the housing crisis more generally, Mr Sheehan expects the situation will not get better anytime soon.

Cork Simon has an Emergency Shelter on Anderson’s Quay and he says it is full every night.

"Our 47 beds are full every night. We would have an additional two or three people sleeping on couches or on temporary beds on the floor too."

In 2017, Cork Simon opened a new Winter Night Shelter, which has an additional 15 emergency beds. "This originally was just for the winter, but due to demand, we kept it them in place."

Mr Sheehan says that he estimates that 10-11 people are sleeping rough in Cork city at the moment. "The figures [for people sleeping rough] have mainly stayed the same. They did improve in 2017 after we opened the Winter Night Shelter because of the extra beds. But there is a need for additional beds still."

"The Department of Housing released figures that showed a slight drop in the number of people experiencing homelessness, but it was 1-2 people less. It was not significant," he added.

Mr Sheehan said that Cork City Council has been very helpful towards Simon. "They worked with us when we opened the Winter Night Shelter. We have never been found wanting from them in that regard, we have worked with them on winter plans."

Mr Sheehan says the rental crisis is one of the main reasons why people are homeless. "It is keeping people in emergency shelters. If you look at Daft.ie's latest report, rent increased again in Cork."

"Supply is at a record low. People who are stuck in emergency accommodation are dependent on the private sector to get out of the shelters. But this route is closed off to them, because of the cost."

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