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COPE Galway Business Sleepout Participants to Raise Funds for Homeless Services

COPE Galway responding to 187 Homeless Households

27th November 2017

A one day census conducted by COPE Galway across its services has revealed that the local charity accommodated & supported 187 households who were homeless or at risk of homelessness on one night in Galway last week. The census was conducted between midday on Monday, November 20th and midday Tuesday November 21st 2017.

Results of the 24-hour census showed:

114 households, including 165 children are living in Emergency Accommodation.

27 households, comprising 40 adults and 32 children, are “Hidden Homeless” (in contact with COPE Galway services living with family or friends -sofa surfing- or self-funding in tourist accommodation) or are at imminent risk of homelessness, and seeking COPE Galway’s assistance to find alternative housing.

COPE Galway also had contact with 25 individuals who were rough sleeping in Galway.

In the short-term, the now annual Cold Weather Response came into operation this week to address the night time accommodation needs of people who would otherwise sleep rough. Those in need of the service can access a bed each night from 9.30pm onwards.  On arrival they are provided with a hot meal and there are staff on site to assist and support those availing of a bed for that night and also to identify and progress longer term solutions to their homelessness.

Martin O’Connor, COPE Galway Assistant CEO said, “Rough sleeping has become increasingly visible in the city again in recent weeks. With our emergency accommodation services continuously full, the aim with these new additional night time beds is to try to ensure that no one has to sleep rough on the streets of Galway City over the winter period”. He continued, “We are now asking for the help of the public to try to ensure that anyone who is rough sleeping knows where and how to access accommodation at night time. Anyone who wants more information about the Cold Weather Response or who wants to bring to COPE Galway’s attention the locations where people are rough sleeping, can do so by contacting 091 525259 in the day time and 085 8009641 after 9pm each night.  

Meanwhile, the 6th annual COPE Galway Business Leaders Sleepout takes place tomorrow, (Friday, 1st December) to raise awareness and money for those affected by the homelessness crisis in Galway.  COPE Galway Head of Development, Sharon Fitzpatrick commented, “30 Business Leaders from across the County will leave behind their cosy offices & homes tomorrow night to sleep on the streets of Galway City. Funds raised from the Business Sleep Out are used to put specific supports in place for families and individuals, including resettlement support services which help people to move on from homelessness and to live independently.  We are encouraging members of the public who are out and about in Galway city on Friday night to come and show their support for the Business Sleep Out participants and COPE Galway”.  Donations can also be made online at www.copegalway.ie/sleepout

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Contact:      

To sponsor a COPE Galway Business Leader Sleepout Participant, visit www.copegalway.ie/sleepout or contact Sharon Fitzpatrick on 091 778750.

For Cold Weather Response for rough sleepers, contact COPE Galway on 091 525259 (day) and 085 8009641 (after 9pm).  

Note to Editor:

COPE Galway is a local Galway Organisation whose vision is an “Improved Quality of Life in a Home of your Own” for people affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic violence, and older people.   In 2016 COPE Galway worked with 702 adults and their 512 children affected by homelessness in Galway, including 211 families and 438 single people. The organisation joins the national call for solutions to end the housing and homeless crisis.  However, while national solutions are being progressed, COPE Galway believes that more immediate solutions can be put in place at a local level.

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