It has emerged that 20 additional emergency beds — mostly B&Bs — will be made available in the city in time for Christmas, provided via Cork City Council, with referrals coming from organisations such as Simon and the Society of St Vincent de Paul.
Separately, tenancy rights group Threshold will receive funding for three additional staff for at least the short-term, to prevent homelessness in cases where tenants are facing possible eviction or other difficulties. The staff are likely to be in place in the new year.
Both measures have arisen out of the recent Dublin summit on homelessness, called by Environment Minister Alan Kelly after the death of Jonathan Corrie on Molesworth St, metres from Leinster House.
While the summit focused on the crisis in the capital, Mr Kelly stressed that any measures being rolled out in Dublin could be replicated in other large urban centres.
The provision of 20 extra beds is likely to alleviate the problem in Cork, at least temporarily. Estimates put the number of people sleeping rough in Cork on any one night at “10 or more”.
In a separate development, Focus Ireland is to open a youth housing service in Cork in the new year, jointly funded by HSE South. It will provide six accommodation units and an outreach service, with the aim of dealing with people aged 18 to 26 who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.