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St. Augustine's R.C. Church


House of Mercy
Hostels for the Homeless


St Augustine's Parish collects foods and other goods regularly each month for the House of Mercy.

The House of Mercy, 1 Edwin Street, Gravesend, is a registered charity (Number 1087730) which provides hostel accommodation, support and a positive future for single homeless people.

It all started in the late 1980s. The Sisters of Mercy, Gravesend, due to an increase in the number of homeless people calling to their Convent for food and clothing, decided to start a project for single homeless people. Having looked at many properties in the town centre they eventually leased a house in Edwin Street from the Archdiocese of Southwark. The Sisters invited a male Religious Order, the Presentation Brothers, to join them in the project at both a personnel and financial level. A voluntary Management Committee was formed, staff appointed and the project opened, as both a hostel and Day Centre in 1992.

In June 2012, thanks to the generosity of the Sisters, they were able to open a four bedroom Second Phase house. This house is McAuley House and is also situated in Gravesend.

In 2014 The Charity acquired the old Rising Sun Public House and refurbished it into a 12 bed hostel Mary Ann Doyle House for single homeless people.

Today the House of Mercy has a staff of ten and each resident has a Key/Resettlement Worker with whom they meet at least once a week.Today they have 22 beds available for residents

The House of Mercy and Mary Ann Doyle House