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Director's Report

Our Director, Dermot Kavanagh identifies the sheer number of people turning to us for support as our biggest challenges in 2015 and highlights some immediate measures for addressing the housing crisis.

Chair's Report

Our Chair, Eoin MacCuirc reflects on his experience as a volunteer ‘on the ground’ with Cork Simon and as a volunteer on the Board of Directors. Eoin talks about our future direction and identifies some of the key challenges that lie ahead.

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PlayResident’s Video

My Experience of Homelessness

Life is coming back on track for *Emma and her son. They’re settling into safe and secure private rented accommodation for the first time in years. Emma recounts her experience of becoming homeless in Cork, her struggle to find housing and what helped her to finally leave homelessness behind.

*not her real name
The Story of 2015

Cork Simon supported 1,298 people throughout 2015

More demand than ever before
for our Emergency Homeless Services

The Emergency Shelter recorded its
highest ever occupancy rate

More people stuck in
emergency accommodation
due to a severe shortage of housing

average stay in the shelter

46 nights

46 Nights

(longest average in over 10 years)

Fall in the number of people who left the Shelter
by securing private rented accommodation

Long Term

(stays of 6 months of more in emergency accommodation)


by people long term homeless per night

A new study, Locked Out of the Market highlighted the continual decline in housing and the growing gap between rising rents and Rent Supplement limits

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Properties to
rent in Cork

Despite the severe challenges
we continued to make progress

New Home

New research found our
Social Rentals model of housing is Working:

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of people
remained housed


experienced a drop
in support needs

Housing Stats

People continued to rebuild their lives with support from our Education & Training programme and by year end,

100 people were
working 110 contracts

St Joachim & Anne’s

We were offered a residential care home,

St Joachim & Anne’s

and through Capital Assistance Funding plan to convert it to eight one-bed apartments for people exiting long-term homlessness

St Joachim & Anne’s

A generous donor gave us money to purchase a property for use as an Aftercare House offering people recovering from addiction a safe and supportive environment from which to begin rebuilding their lives

income pie

Generous and kind-hearted donors contributed

€3.7 MILLION IN 2015

Without this support we could not provide the level of service that we do


The year in pictures


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Board attendance

Angela McDonald ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Ann FitzGerald ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Anthony O'Donovan ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Tim McCarthy ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
James O'Shaugnessy ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Emmanuelle Schon-Quinlivan ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
John Murphy ✓ ✓ ✓
Tomás O'Callaghan ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Eoin MacCuirc ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Bernadette McGonigle ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Brendan Ryan ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Eddie Hogan ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

No board meeting in August

Thanks for all the support

  • The drawing at the top of the report is the work of Gavin Bourke, a transition year student from Davis College, Mallow.
  • Thanks to the professional services of John J Murphy Solicitors, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and AIB, Patrick Street, Cork.
  • Thanks to the Simon Communities of Ireland for their continued support and to the Simon Communities in Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Midlands, Mid West, North West and South East.
  • Thanks to Cream Creative for their help and advice in the production of this annual report.

Special thanks to our hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors throughout the year who have helped to make a real difference.

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