Dermot Bannon (MRIAI) Launches RIAI Simon Open Door Campaign
Published: Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Dermot Bannon launches week-long RIAI Simon Open Door campaign to raise over €100,000 in support of the Simon Communities
Almost 7,500 men, women and children in emergency accommodation across the country
Dublin, Tuesday, 4th April, 2017: The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Simon Communities have launched the thirteenth annual RIAI Simon Open Door campaign. RIAI Registered Architects across the country will offer one hour consultations to the public for a donation of €90.00, every cent of which goes directly to the Simon Communities in Ireland. Since the campaign began in 2004 over €600,000 has been raised by the Irish public and registered architects. Home-owners are being called on to log on to www.simonopendoor.ie to book a one-hour consultation with an RIAI registered architect in their area. All participating architects are giving their time and expertise for free.
RIAI Simon Open Door will take place for one week commencing Saturday, 13th May – Friday 19th May 2017.
The message this year is to “Add value to your house by consulting an RIAI Registered Architect”. Engaging a registered architect – whether on a new house, house extension or renovation – will save you time and money and add value. A consultation with an architect will outline a range of possibilities and gives homeowners the chance to explore the most economic and appropriate design to meet their needs.
Speaking at the launch, Carole Pollard, President of the RIAI said, “RIAI Simon Open Door provides the public with the wonderful opportunity of sitting down with a registered architect and getting the best advice on building or renovating a home while helping a worthy cause. Unlike previous years this campaign will run for a full week and we are encouraging those to log on to the website and register with your local RIAI Registered Architect. The RIAI Simon Open Door campaign makes a real difference – a €90 donation will provide accommodation and meals in a transitional house for 10 nights; will help fund a home starter pack for those who are moving to independent living such as crockery, kettle, linen and basic household goods or help provide the Simon Communities rough sleeper team with 3 emergency packs for those sleeping on the streets. We are confident that we will reach our target of €100,000 to help the Simon Communities with their fight against homelessness, and would recommend that homeowners book early!”
Also speaking at the launch Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities in Ireland said, “RIAI Simon Open Door is a wonderful initiative which raises much needed funds for the Simon Communities and supports our work addressing the housing and homelessness crisis all around Ireland.”
“Unfortunately, homelessness continues to rise. There are currently 7,421men, women and children in emergency accommodation across the country. A staggering 28% increase from last year’s figures. Since 2012, rental prices have increased by 32.2% and the number of properties available to rent has reduced by approximately 80%. As a result, rental properties are beyond the reach of many of those in receipt of state housing support – pushing people into homelessness and preventing people leaving homelessness. 91,000 households are on the social housing waiting list and social housing output is too slow to deal with the crisis.”
“Partnering with such wonderful initiatives like the RIAI Simon Open Door can and does make a real difference. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported us in the past and we hope that new supporters will get involved.”
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About the RIAI
Since 1839 the RIAI has been the professional body for architects working and practicing in Ireland. The RIAI provides support and information services to its 3,100 members in all categories. The RIAI engages with Government, the professions, with industry, clients and the public to promote the value of quality in architecture to deliver attractive and sustainable built environments, to enrich Ireland’s distinctive culture and heritage, to contribute to the Irish economy and to improve the quality of life for the people of Ireland for generations to come.
About Simon Communities
The Simon Communities in Ireland is a network of eight regionally based independent Simon Communities based in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, the Midlands, the Mid West, the North West and the South East that share common values and ethos in tackling all forms of homelessness throughout Ireland, supported by a National Office. The Simon Communities have been providing services in Ireland for over 45 years. The Simon Communities deliver support and service to over 8,300 individuals and families throughout Ireland who experience – or are at risk of – homelessness every year.
Whatever the issue, for as long as we are needed, Simon’s door is always open. For more information please log on to www.simon.ie.
Services range from :
- Housing provision, tenancy sustainment & settlement services, housing advice & information services helping people to make the move out of homelessness & working with households at risk;
- Specialist health & treatment services addressing some of the issues which may have contributed to homeless occurring or may be a consequence;
- Emergency accommodation & support providing people with a place of welcome, warmth & safety;
- Soup runs & rough sleeper teams who are often the first point of contact for people sleeping rough.
A €90 donation will:
- Provide accommodation and meals in a transitional house for 10 nights.
- Help fund a home starter pack for those who are moving to independent living such as crockery, kettle, linen and basic household goods.
- Help provide the Simon Communities rough sleeper team with 3 emergency packs for those sleeping on the streets.