This month we are sharing the history of one of our oldest housing services, Sean MacDermott Street, which we purchased in the late 1970’s. Since our early years, providing housing with support has been a vital part Simon. Placement into Sean MacDermott Street was based on who would need the service the most, and who would benefit from living there. As a result the residents were often slightly older, with higher support needs, many having experienced homelessness long term.
This model still exists across our high support housing services. As we support people to move out of homelessness and take the first step towards rebuilding their lives, it’s important that they are in a safe environment to redevelop any skills that were lost when they were sleeping rough or accessing emergency accommodation. Our supported housing services provide the necessary help to enable people to redevelop these skills and learn many new ones. The sense of community in our supported housing is also vitally important as it helps people who have come from sleeping on the streets to fit in and feel, at last, that they belong.
On Saturday 1st June, Dublin Outreach, the assertive street outreach service provided in partnership by Dublin Simon Community and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive began operation. This service engages with adults who experience rough sleeping, supports them into temporary homeless accommodation and makes appropriate referrals to permanent housing options especially Housing First. This service will also ensure that people sleeping rough are linked with other appropriate housing and health services to prevent further rough sleeping. A huge well done and thanks to all the team involved for all their hard work and dedication so far.
In addition to this, the 2019 Dublin Simon Community Day will be taking place on Tuesday 18th June. Full details will be shared with you shortly, but please keep the date free in your diary. The day will have the theme of ‘Simon’s Got Talent’ again due to the success of last year’s event. It is one of the only days in the year when all of our staff, volunteers and residents can come together and enjoy a day of fun and activities together. I hope to see you all there!
Many thanks, your work is appreciated.