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Homelessness in West new record high

Another record high in the number of people accessing emergency accommodation in the West says local charity Galway Simon Community.  The latest figures released from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government showed there were 561 people in emergency accommodation in the West of Ireland in March of this year, including 85 families and 213 [...]

Galway Simon launch Journey Home Campaign

Galway Simon Community is marking its 40 year anniversary with the launch of their #JourneyHome campaign. The charity is calling on people in their local community to take action against homelessness now, through campaigning or fundraising, to help someone on their Journey Home. The homeless charity was established in 1979 by a group of [...]

Homelessness in West growing eight times faster than nationally

Galway Simon Community have responded to the latest emergency accommodation figures saying it’s deeply disappointing to see the number of people in emergency accommodation nationally pass the 10,000 mark and to see further significant increases in the West of Ireland. According to the new figures from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, 556 people [...]

Simon Communities study shows a challenging Private Rental Sector in Galway

Galway Simon Community says the private rental sector in Galway is out of reach for the majority of those relying on assistance payments as the gap between housing support limits and market rent prices continues to increase, according to latest study. The local charity say this trend is extremely worrying, given that 91% of social housing [...]

Galway-based tech giants join forces and pledge to raise €60,000 to prevent homelessness through Galway Simon’s ‘Journey Home Fund’

Photo by Murt Fahy L-R: At the launch of the Charity Partnership was Amanda Cusack (DXC), David Collins (Micro Focus), Mark Gantly (HPE), Deirdre Treacy (Galway Simon), Louise Gallagher (HPE), Nora Colombani (ISS), Paddy Medley (HPE), Teresa Kelly (HPE) and absent from photo Paul Brennan (HPE). 2019 sees tech giants Hewlett Packard Enterprise [...]

Galway Simon Community welcome new Housing Taskforce

Galway Simon Community has welcomed the announcement of the special Housing Taskforce which is to be established in Galway to increase the availability of affordable and social housing. The Galway Housing Delivery Taskforce is to be set up by Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, to identify and address issues that are preventing [...]

Double number of families spent Christmas in Emergency Accommodation

Galway Simon Community has responded to the latest emergency accommodation figures released saying that it is heartbreaking that 81 families in the West of Ireland, including 179 children, spent December in emergency accommodation. This is more than double the number of families who were in emergency accommodation in the West a year ago. Overall, the figures [...]

Galway Simon Music Project strikes a chord with President Michael D.

Galway Simon Music Project with Michael D Higgins and wife Sabina Almost 40 members of the Galway Simon Music Project – the local charity’s version of the Dublin based ‘High Hopes Choir’ - took to the altar at Galway Cathedral on Saturday night with powerful performances, including the big hit ‘From Now On’, [...]

Homeless families under huge strain in run up to Christmas

Galway Simon Community has responded to the latest emergency accommodation figures saying that it is shocking that so many families will have to spend Christmas with no home. The figures for October showed that there was 458 people in emergency accommodation in the West of Ireland, an increase of 37 people on the previous month. The [...]

Host a Christmas Jumper Day in support of those facing homelessness

Galway Simon Community is calling on local businesses and schools to host a Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 14th December and make a difference in your local community. The concept is simple; staff and students can wear their festive woollies and pledge to donate €5 (or a donation of your choice) to Galway Simon. All [...]

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