Who Can Be Affected

Homelessness affects thousands of people in Ireland every year and the reality is that it can happen to anyone. Often when people talk about homelessness they are talking about people who they see sleeping on the streets (rough sleepers). In fact there are many more people in our community who are less visible but are also homeless.

People become homeless for a variety of different reasons. For many, homelessness is the result of a brief crisis in their lives. With the right supports they can be assisted out of homelessness quickly, rapidly accessing alternative housing.

Causes of Homelessness

Generally the experiences that lead to homelessness are underpinned by poverty and structural inequality. Causes tend to be divided into the following:

Women and Homelessness

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Erasmus+ provides opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.

The Erasmus+ Women and Homelessness strategic partnership unites organisations working with people experiencing homelessness – among them, homeless women.

Organisations from eight different countries are working together to improve homeless services for women by exchanging good practice and expertise about their work with women experiencing homelessness. Galway Simon Community is proudly involved in this partnership through our national network of the Simon Communities of Ireland.

This partnership looks at key issues affecting homeless women including health issues, emotional and physical safety, relationships, homeless women and children, and participation.

If you would like to find out more about this partnership, click here.