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O'Reilly, Owen (2013) How did I get here? Cork: Cork Simon Community.

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In 2012 Cork Simon’s emergency shelter accommodated 411 people. It was full every night. 41% (n. 167) were staying at the shelter for the first time. 17% (n. 69) were long-term homeless. We met 161 people sleeping rough on at least one night - a four-fold increase compared to the previous year. Our nightly soup run met over 600 people – more than half of whom were in private rented housing; more than one in four were staying with friends. They had yet to be overwhelmed by what was happening in their lives, but many were most likely on the edge of homelessness. The effects of the recession are now being felt at the frontline of homelessness.

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