Welcome to the Dublin Simon Community Winter Newsletter. The newsletter will update on recent changes and developments in our services.
As we move into the colder winter months, our community of supporters becomes more and more vital. Last week saw the release of the official rough sleeper count which reported 156 people as sleeping rough on one night in November across the Dublin region alone. This compares with 110 in the 2018 spring count, a 42% increase, and down 15% from 184 found during the 2017 winter count.
This figure is concerning and we look forward to the upcoming delivery of 233 extra emergency beds in the capital as part of this year’s cold weather initiative. Our Rough Sleeper Team and Soup Run teams are out on the streets 365 days of the year, as a first point of contact and support for people who are faced with this unbearable reality.
Our Christmas campaign #journeyhome is about this outreach as a first step towards the necessary healthcare, accommodation and support that we provide to help people from the streets and into a home. The all-time high numbers in emergency accommodation and the prevalence of people sleeping on our streets, emphasises the urgent need to provide housing so we can prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. Moving people into long term accommodation, while keeping people in their homes and working with households at risk are important priorities for Dublin Simon Community.
We always love hearing from our community of kindness. As a valued supporter, if you ever have any questions or would like to learn more about our services or how you can get involved please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From all of us at Simon, thank you for anything that you can do to help and wishing you the very best for the festive season.
On behalf of the Simon Team