Bregs Blog Christmas Appeal

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By BRegs Blog 19th December 2014 

Bregs Blog Christmas Appeal

We invite our readers to make a donation to homeless charities, see links below.

Given the high profile homelessness have gotten in the media recently we list a number of homelessness agencies and charities you might think to donate to today. A lot of organisations are heading in for their Christmas lunches- perhaps spare a moment to think of those less fortunate and donate to some of the great organisations listed below. Let us all not loose sight of the people and families that hide behind the numbers.

We wish you all a happy Christmas. Blog will be open during the holidays

 “It must not be forgotten, we are in the middle of a housing crisis,we encourage measures that make housing more affordable”

– Niamh Randall, Head of a Policy & spokesperson for Simon Communities

“I took this job because I wanted to deal with housing.I’m passionate about giving people a roof over their head”

-Minister Alan Kelly

Here are a list of other agencies and charities active in the provision of services for Homelessness:

Donate at: 

Simon Communities http://www.simon.ie/MobileSplash.aspx

Threshold : http://www.threshold.ie/donate/

Focus Ireland: https://www.focusireland.ie/

Peter McVerry Trust: http://www.pmvtrust.ie/

Capuchin Day Centre: click here

SVP: http://www.svp.ie/Home.aspx

Extract from Simon website:

The Simon Communities of Ireland today launched their Annual Report for 2013 and the charity reported a substantial increase of 41% in the number of people seeking help from their services since 2011. The Simon Communities services are stretched to the limit supporting more than 6,000 people who are experiencing homelessness across the country every single day. Simon is calling on the Government to ensure that their plans for tackling the homelessness crisis are countrywide and offer long term solutions. For more information please log on to www.simon.ie.

For full Report click here 

Extracts off report:

Key statistics from the annual report include:

  • 1,182 people accessed Simon Communities emergency accommodation in four regions over the year.
  • Rough Sleeper teams in Cork and Dublin engaged in 6,165 contacts.
  • 1,830 people availed of daytime support, advice, information and referral services.
  • 1,243 people were supported in housing across the country including Simon housing, social housing and private rented housing with support appropriate to their needs.
  • 1,828 people accessed specialist treatment and support services including health care, drugs counselling and community alcohol detoxification.

Highlights from the Annual Report 2013 include:

  • The Simon Communities worked with 6,122 people across the country in 2013; this represents a 17% increase on 2012 and a 41% increase on 2011
  • Rough Sleeper teams in Cork and Dublin engaged in 6,165 contacts
  • 1,182 people accessed Simon Communities emergency accommodation in four regions.
  • 1,830 people availed of Simon Communities Daytime Support, Advice, Information and Referral services
  • 1,243 people were supported in housing across the country including Simon housing, social housing and private rented housing with support appropriate to their needs.
  • 1,828 people accessed Specialist Treatment and Support Services including health care, drugs counselling and community alcohol detoxification.
  • 305 people accessed Education, Training and Employment Services provided directly by the Simon Communities.
  • 2,500 volunteers supported the work of the Simon Communities in 2013 working across a range of services from soup runs to working in emergency accommodation, and assisting with events and fundraising activities.

Other posts of interest:

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Catherine Murphy TD | Today’s Housing Promises Won’t Bear Fruit for at Least Two Years

SI.9 Cost for 2014 = 3 x Ballymun Regeneration Projects

Ireland – What’s Next?| TV 3 Series on Ireland’s Housing Crisis

Ronan Lyons | Regulations pushing up the costs of homes

Dr Rory Hearne | + 168,000 empty houses in the country

Room for improvement on social housing policy

World Bank Report 2015 | Ireland’s poor construction regulations are the biggest drag on our ranking

 

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