A New Night Café for persons who are rough sleeping in Dublin is opening tonight

(Wednesday January 21st 2015)

Following the convening of a ‘Homeless Summit’ by Ministers Alan Kelly TD and Paudie Coffey TD, held on December 4th 2014, Government has endorsed a 20 point action plan[1] to respond to the key concerns of homelessness, particularly in the Dublin region.

Dublin City Council, as the lead authority for homelessness in the region, will play a central role in the implementation of these actions. This will be achieved in conjunction with the other Dublin local authorities, Health Service Executive and state funded homeless services.

One of the core actions outlined in the action plan is the set-up of new Night Café to support persons, who are rough sleeping. The service will open tonight (January 21st 2015) from 11pm until 7.30am and will operate seven nights a week on Merchants Quay, Dublin 8.

Every effort is being made to accommodate persons, who are rough sleeping in the Dublin region in the first instance, however, the Night Café provides a service for persons, who cannot or will not access emergency homeless accommodation.

The Night Café is state funded through the Dublin local authority funding arrangements[2] and will be managed and operated by Merchants Quay Ireland, who provide a range of services to people who are experiencing homelessness and drug use. It will provide the following assistance:
Tea/coffee and a light meal will be available
Information and advice
Brief interventions on addiction and mental health
Referral to support services for accommodation, treatment, health, social services


Opening Times
The breakfast service begins in Merchants Quay Ireland at 7.30 and users of the Night Café will also be provided with breakfast if they so wish.
The Day Service will remain in place from 7.30am until 8.30pm.
Access/ Referral to Service
This service will be operated through inward referral from the following routes
o   Dublin City Council Homeless Central Placement Service FREEPHONE 1800 707 707 (this includes out-of-hours service)
o   Housing First Intake Service[3] Team (out-of-hours 086 8139015
Service Capacity
This service will initially provide for up to 30 persons
Subject to a review, from January 31st 2015, the service will have capacity for up to 50 persons.
20 Point Action Plan
The action plan, which was formally launched by Minister Kelly TD on December 9th 2014, seeks to implement practical measures to ameliorate the homeless situation, particularly the experience of rough sleeping and the ongoing concern in relation to families becoming homeless.

Funding Arrangements
The Dublin local authorities receive funding from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and the Health Service Executive to provide for homeless services in the Dublin region
Housing First Service
Focuses on outreach functions, as well as intake for Housing First tenancies. The team have responsibility for engagement and responding to the accommodation and support needs of people sleeping rough in the Dublin region. They will also be the first point of contact for entry and assessment for those interested in referring to Housing First.

For further information please contact:
Lisa Kelleher
Head of Communications and Training
Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Dublin City Council
T: 01 222689