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Simon Communities of Ireland
The Simon Communities of Ireland is a caring and campaigning movement that has been working with homeless people in Ireland since 1969. To us, homelessness is about more than just being without a roof or a house. It is about lack of shelter, lack of security, lack of belonging, and lack of safety. It is an extreme form of poverty and social exclusion. Simon Community estimates that about 10,000 people experience homelessness each year. This figure is based on a number of factors: The Simon Community assists about 3,000 people around the country annually. The visible evidence of people on the streets, backed up by increased demand from callers to our shelters and people met by our soup runs in Cork, Dublin, and Galway, is that over the past 4-5 years homelessness has increased by perhaps a third to a half. This coincides with the increase in house prices and corresponding rise in rents which have also led to increased homelessness.