You can sign the Simon Community’s ‘homeless is not normal’ petition here.
Earlier: Below The Gaiety
Previously: ‘Homelessness Has Become A Business…And Socially Acceptable’
At the former Longfields Hotel on Fitzwilliam Street Lower, Dublin 2.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy launched a new homeless facility containing 30 permanent emergency beds which will be managed by the Simon Community from tonight.
In a press release, Mr Murphy said:
“This Christmas, there will be over 200 additional permanent emergency beds, with wrap around medical and other required supports in place for those who unfortunately are homeless and need our help.
“…The rough sleeper count, which the Dublin Region Homeless Executive published last month, reported a total of 184 rough sleepers across the Dublin region on the night of the 7th November 2017.
“The 200 permanent emergency beds, which the Government have now delivered, mean that an emergency bed and shelter will be available for those who need them.
“Today, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and I were pleased to visit 30 of the new permanent emergency beds at Longfields, Fitzwilliam Street, which the Simon Community will operate and manage.
Additional 200 emergency beds and the Cold Weather Initiative (Rebuilding Ireland)
From left: JP McMahon (EAT Galway), Sinead Molloy (Galway Simon Community), Triona Lillis (The Tweed Project), Olivia Collins (Food PR), Ruth Hegarty (egg & chicken Food Projects), Michelle Kavanagh (The Kitchen Café) and Aoibheann MacNamara (Ard Bia and The Tweed Project) at the launch of the Supper For Simon fundraising campaign.
Maisie Lynch writes:
A new initiative by Galway Simon Community called “Supper For Simon” is inviting people to host a Come Dine With Me-style dinner party to raise vital funds for their services.
The idea is simple; gather your friends, get cooking and ask guests to donate what they would have spent on a meal out in support of those experiencing homelessness in our community.
The meal can be whatever you make it – a candle-lit evening in the comfort of your own home with a few close friends; a potluck party with colleagues at the office; or a garden barbecue with neighbours.
To host your Supper, visit here to sign up and unlock your free toolkit which includes invites, recipes created by the Supper For Simon chef-ambassadors, hosting tips and more
. The charity is encouraging participants to share their photographs and stories on social media using #SupperForSimon to help promote the campaign. For more information call Amy on 091 381828.
Supper for Simon (Galway Simon Community)
Apollo House, Tara Street, Dublin 1
The Dublin Simon Community counted 99 people sleeping rough in the city this morning and the organisers of ‘Home Sweet Home’ are taking people off the streets.
He said that once the heating is turned on then the building will function to an extent that it will be safer than sleeping in a doorway or “some kind of dumpster”.
This evening the receiver, Mazars, said the current occupiers are trespassing on private property and are asking them to leave with immediate effect.
They said: “In the circumstances we have no option but to refer the matter to our legal advisers to pursue the appropriate course of action.”
Homeless occupiers are trespassing in city centre building, says receiver (RTÉ)
Earlier: The 2016 Reclamation
Nothing Else Mattress
Dr Rory Hearne: Why We Occupy