Homelessness in Ireland

2020 was a most challenging year due to COVID-19 and there is no doubt that the first few months of 2021 have been very difficult. However, the Simon Communities have continued to help thousands of people who find themselves homeless every year. Continuing to work with people who are sleeping rough throughout every lockdown and weather warning - snow, rain and freezing temperatures.

8,313 men, women and children were in homeless emergency accommodation in Ireland during January 2021, these figures show that the homelessness crisis has not gone away. Over recent months, we have increased the number of people who are coming indoors, off the streets, and engaging with our services and with your support the Simon Communities can continue to provide essential services to people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

About the Simon Communities of Ireland


The Simon Communities in Ireland are a network of eight regionally based independent Simon Communities based in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the Mid West, the North West and the South East that share common values and ethos in tackling all forms of homelessness throughout Ireland, supported by a National Office. The Simon Communities have been providing services in Ireland for over 50 years, and continue to be a shining light of hope for people in their darkest hour of need.

Whatever the issue, for as long as we are needed, Simon’s door is always open. For more information please log on to www.simon.ie

Our services range from

  • Housing provision, tenancy sustainment & settlement services, housing advice & information services helping people to make the move out of homelessness & working with households at risk.
  • Specialist health & treatment services addressing some of the issues which may have contributed to homeless occurring or may be a consequence.
  • Emergency accommodation & support providing people with a place of welcome, warmth & safety.
  • Soup runs & rough sleeper teams who are often the first point of contact for people sleeping rough.

The Simon Communities of Ireland

  • Cork Simon Community (Cork, Kerry)
  • Dublin Simon Community (Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow)
  • Dundalk Simon Community (Cavan, Louth and Monaghan)
  • Galway Simon Community (Galway, Mayo and Roscommon)
  • Midlands Simon Community (Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath)
  • Mid West Simon Community (Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary)
  • North West Simon Community (Donegal, Sligo, and Leitrim)
  • South East Simon Community (Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary Waterford and Wexford)

For more information please log on to  www.simon.ie