Dragons at The Docks is proud to be supporting DUBLIN Simon Community.
Dublin Simon Community works to prevent and address homelessness in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath. We deliver services to individuals, children and families at all stages of homelessness and provide housing to enable people to move to a place they can call home.
Our services include:
Outreach and frontline services
Prevention and resettlement services
Medium and High support accommodation and Independent housing
Residential treatment and recovery, Holistic health and wellbeing, counselling services
Training, education and employability.
what we do
At Simon, we listen to people who turn to us for help and do everything we can to support them to move out of homelessness into independence. We strive to empower people to access, secure and retain a home of their own by reducing their reliance on short-term emergency accommodation. We provide permanent supported housing for them to sustain a home in their local community. Moving people into housing with the right supports if necessary, produces life-enhancing and life-saving results.
The Homeless & Housing Crisis
A frightening number of people, families and children have fallen into homelessness, and with a recent media spotlight on the issue, never have we been more acutely aware of it. Each and every day, more and more individuals are facing the culminating effects of eviction, rent arrears, abuse, poverty, bereavement, addiction or poor mental and physical health conditions. They are very quickly being left behind, without a safe and secure place to spend the night.
Presently in Dublin, there are 3162 individuals, 2096 children and 1028 families trapped in emergency accommodation, isolated and destitute; this magnitude of individuals, families and children has never been witnessed before. Thankfully the Cold Weather Initiative (CWI) currently in place has greatly reduced the number of people without a bed, although there are still a number of people taking refuge on our city streets – grateful for a sleeping bag or a layer of cardboard to protect their bodies from the bitter cold and hardship.
In order to finance this, we will be using mortgage debt from the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) with our own Simon Capital Development Fund and accessing government grants through Capital Assistance and Leasing Schemes (CAS & CALF) when available.
280 units, housing up to 500 people, will be created using HFA Mortgage Debt and €20M from Private Donors/The Simon Capital Development Fund.
200 units, housing over 250 people, will be created using government grant schemes and general leasing from landlords and Local Authorities.
The “housing crisis” is a phrase we hear so often, it has almost become meaningless. But make no mistake – this is an urgent, desperate situation and it is affecting thousands of Irish people from every background, every day. By delivering specialist short and long term housing, we are giving people a chance to regain their dignity and purpose – in essence, a chance to rebuild their lives.
Dublin Simon Community Registered Charity Number: 5963