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Health and Homelessness

Health & Homelessness - Health Snapshot Study of People using Simon Projects and Services in Ireland

There are many different reasons why a person becomes homeless, but generally the explanation lies in a combination of structural factors (such as poverty or unemployment) and personal factors (such as family breakdown or health problems). What is clear is that once a person becomes homeless, the deterioration in their physical and mental health can be both rapid and debilitating.


This Health Snap Shotstudy attempts to address an information deficit in relation to some of the people who use Simon projects and services around the country. It explores health status, both physical and mental; drug and alcohol use and the health implications; and access to medical services amongst other issues. Understanding the health needs of people who become homeless is critical to developing, designing and improving, not only homeless services, but also health and other related services.


This study was conducted during a one week period from July 26th to August 1st 2010. Seven hundred and eighty-eight (788) people participated in this research, a sample of people using Simon Community projects and services during this one week. It is important to note that this is not all of the people who were in contact with the Simon Communities during the week in question. This snapshot study is however a significant sample of people who use the projects and services and thus can be used as a basis to generalise about the health and support needs of people who use Simon services


Full Report


Multiple Barriers, Multiple Solutions: Inclusion Into and Through Employment For People Who are Homeless in Europe - National Report for Ireland -An overview of the barriers faced by people experiencing homelessness to securing employment in Ireland. The report includes an examination of the employment profile of people who are homeless; the specific barriers to employment; the policy and legal context; employment initiatives that are in place for people experiencing homelessness; training for employers to reduce barriers; cooperation between stakeholders; funding of interventions to reduce barriers; data collection and research; employment rights; and indicators and success factors. Published in July 2007, this was the Simon Communities of Ireland response to the FEANTSA Annual Theme Questionnaire.


Full report


Settlement First: An Assessment of the Efficacy of the 1988 Housing Act and the Integrated Strategy in meeting the needs of people who are homeless -A comprehensive contemporary analysis of the efficacy of current homelessness legislation and policy in meeting the housing needs of people who are homeless. It recommends a fundamental shift in policy towards a 'settlement first' model - ie meeting housing needs as a first priority.


Executive Summary

Full report Part I

Full report Part II


Housing Access for All? -This research, jointly undertaken with Focus Ireland, Threshold and Society of St Vincent de Paul examines the Housing Strategies and Homeless Action Plans in 2002.


Executive Summary

Full report

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