Mercy Law Resource Centre (MLRC) was set up in 2009 by the Sisters of Mercy. It is an Independent Law Centre, registered charity and company limited by guarantee. MLRC provides free legal advice and representation for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It also seeks to advocate change in laws, policies and attitudes which unduly and adversely impact its client group.
MLRC provides five key services:
1. Free legal advice clinics.
2. Legal representation in the areas of housing and social welfare law.
3. Legal support and training to organisations working in the field of homelessness.
4. Policy work.
5. Befriending service.
MLRC’s clients are local authority tenants and people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They include people who are trying to move away from homelessness or are struggling with issues often linked to homelessness e.g. addiction, leaving prison, mental illness and relationship breakdown.
MLRC provides a unique service that is accessible and, as far as possible, shaped to meet the individual needs of each client. Where feasible, we meet clients in their own environment e.g. by providing advice clinics in homeless hostels. We work with other organisations in the statutory and voluntary sectors e.g. Crosscare, De Paul, Focus Ireland and Dublin Simon, to ensure clients have the appropriate supports they need. We also have a team of volunteer befrienders who accompany clients through the often daunting process of accessing the legal system.
MLRC’s ethos recognises the dignity of each person. MLRC seeks to ensure that all people are treated with respect and compassion and are enabled to achieve their full potential as human beings. We are committed to the principles of human rights, social justice and equality.
Organisations and individuals can contact MLRC on 01 4537459, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the contact form on the MLRC website, www.mercylaw.ie.