Merchants Quay Ireland offers aftercare housing in the form of supportive accommodation, to people in recovery who find themselves homeless after completing residential rehabilitation treatment.
We foster an environment of support and safety, endeavouring to allow those who come to us to develop their practical life skills. Each service user commits to remaining drug and alcohol free while participating in a therapeutic day programme.
Dublin and Kildare Aftercare Housing
Finding accommodation for the large proportion of clients leaving our residential rehab services who are effectively homeless has been an increasing challenge in recent years. MQI operates two short-term transitional housing services, one in Dublin, developed with the support of one of the organisation’s donors, the other in Kildare, developed in partnership with Respond Housing Association. Across both houses, we provide a total capacity of 12 supported accommodation units. Demand for the Dublin and Kildare Transitional Housing services was high during 2016, with 27 clients admitted during the year, a 17% increase compared to 2015. Occupancy levels for the 12 units averaged 90% during this period.
Drug-free Day Programmes
Our Drug-Free Day Programme based in Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin, is targeted at clients exiting our residential rehabilitation services at High Park and St. Francis Farm. The day programme is six months in duration and provides one-to-one care planning, support groups and education sessions aimed at assisting clients reintegrate into society. Demand for the service was high during 2016 with 28 clients accessing the service during the year.