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Cold Weather Shelter a Success

Cork City Council today praised the operators of the Christmas Cold Weather Shelter. The Shelter which operated in the city from 18/12/06 to 08/01/07 was organised by the Cork Simon Community and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and was funded by Cork City Council. The Shelter was intended to ensure that nobody had to sleep rough over the holiday period.

"I welcome the statement from the Director of Cork Simon that nobody had to sleep out this Christmas" said Paul Moynihan of the City Council's Housing and Community Directorate which has the statutory responsibility to deal with homelessness in the city.

He thanked the many volunteers who manned the Shelter. "Under the City Council's Integrated Homelessness Strategy there has been huge investment in accommodation and services for homeless persons over the past 5 years and the annual spend on homelessness in the city is now well over €10 million."

"Reports from the first week indicate that the Shelter, which had beds for 25 people, operated below capacity. It is gratifying that the investment to deal with homelessness is having a positive impact and that the predictions before Christmas of people having to sleep rough on the city's streets did not in fact materialise."

Cork City Council will be advancing further projects for homelessness in 2007 in implementing its Homelessness Strategy.

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