Penny Dinners is seeing a new wave of homeless people 

Penny Dinners is seeing a new wave of homeless people 
Caitriona Twomey with the kitchen crew at Penny Dinners.

THERE is a new wave of homeless people appearing in Cork, according to veteran Penny Dinners volunteer Catriona Twomey.

Ms Twomey, who runs Penny Dinners - a charity that serves 2,000 meals a week - said she is noticing a new type of homeless and impoverished people in Cork who need the charity to get by.

“We have people who might have been working and working for quite a while and then for some reason losing their jobs and then it is very hard for them to find work," she said.

"It wasn’t like that years ago, but it is now. If you lose your job, you are losing something precious.” 

Another reason for the increased numbers at the centre, according to Ms Twomey, is marital or relationship breakdown and the Penny Dinners volunteer said some people are finding it very difficult to manage.

“We have people actually going to work and coming into Penny Dinners for their lunch, They can hardly keep the roof over their heads. 

"So they come in for their lunch and then rush off to work and we have a lot of that as well.” 

Ms Twomey said that homeless and impoverished people are often stereotyped as drink or drug addicts, but in a lot of cases, this is not a factor.

“Everyone just puts it down as addictions, it’s not. It is just people can’t get houses now because of the rental crisis. The current prices are not affordable.”

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