Step Up Step Down

The Step Up step Down- Intermediate Care Centre is a residential unit operated by Dublin Simon Community and Safetynet Primary Care with support from key collaborators including Housing First, HSE ACCESS Mental Health, Inclusion Health teams at St James’s Hospital and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin. The service is funded and supported by HSE Social Inclusion and the Department of Health.

The purpose of the new 12 bed unit at Dublin Simon Community`s Ushers Island Complex will be to provide short term semi acute healthcare (medical and nursing) interventions, treatment, investigations, observations for people without homes and who fit the below eligibility criteria.


Referrals can only be made by clinicians (homeless sector GPs or Nurses, GPs in addiction clinics or community GPs. The Multi Disciplinary Team meetings held at Merchant’s Quay Ireland weekly will also be utilised to identify suitable referrals. The referral form can be found here.

Please find the Referral pathway by clicking here.


The Eligibility Criteria is as follows:

  • Homeless and or recently homeless and engaging with Homeless service providers

  • Male and female over the age of 18 years

  • Medical Conditions that are resolvable/stabilised within under 3 weeks. Applies to mental and physical health conditions

  • Pre inpatient work up / preparation

  • Observation / convalescence

  • Recuperation post hospital discharge

Please call the Unit Nurse Manager on 01 649 8604 for clarification of eligibility criteria if you think you have a client who may be helped by this new service.

We ask homeless agencies to help ensure that clients referred to the service will have their bed kept for the short duration of their stay in the unit.

Intermediate Care for people who are homeless
Catherine Mc Auley Centre,    

21 Nelson Street,

Dublin 7

Contact Numbers:

Main No./General Queries       01 962 0116

Administration & Finance                 087 152 3589


Homeless PC Team Inreach               087 176 2246

Homeless PC Team Outreach           087 652 0225

Homeless PC Team Support              087 222 0402

Mobile Health & Screening Unit      087 355 9722

General Queries Email:

Board of Directors

Kevin Kenny (Chair)

David Cagney

Dr. Cliona Ní Cheallaigh

Síle Kelly

Dr. Brian Melaugh

Frank Mills,

Frances O’Keefe

Dr. Philip Wiehe



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(No. CHY19388)

Company Ltd by guarantee Registered No. 471026

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