Dublin Chamber yesterday announced a two year charity partnership with Dublin Simon Community.
Dublin Chamber represents the interests of all businesses in the greater Dublin area and is the leading business organisation in Dublin.
Together with Dublin Simon Community, which works to prevent and address homelessness not only in Dublin, but in Kildare, Wicklow, and Meath, the charity partnership aims to use the relationship between the two organisations to make a significant impact on the housing and homelessness crisis that is overwhelming the city.
According to Dublin Simon Community, currently 73% of the homeless population are living in emergency accommodation across Dublin. In April this year, a 35% increase was seen in the number of people sleeping on the streets.
CEO of Dublin Chamber, Mary Rose Burke, said Dublin Chamber deliberately chose Dublin Simon Community as its charity partner for this period because they both share the same priority for Dublin, which is housing. Housing is the biggest issue currently facing Dublin says Burke. The CEO of Dublin Chamber says she continually hears from members that the biggest complaint they hear from their staff is the cost and availability of housing.
Speaking yesterday, Mary Rose Burke said, "For us this partnership is about much more than just fundraising. We want to be involved in the community and work together towards building a better place to live and work in Dublin. We have many initiatives planned for over the coming two years that we hope will make a lasting difference. We want to help create a sustainable solution, not just a quick fix."
CEO of the Dublin Simon Community, Sam McGuinness added, "It is very encouraging to see the business community putting their energy behind the homeless and housing crisis. We will work to make a real and positive impact in Dublin together. Dublin Simon Community are thrilled with the support from Dublin Chamber and we can already see the potential to make a difference from our future plans. We have limited resources for the huge challenges that we are facing on a daily basis and this support will be invaluable."