As part of a re-organization to a “Housing First” model, St. Patrick Center has announced the closing of McMurphy’s Café at 800 North Tucker Boulevard and McMurphy’s Café Express at 1520 Market Street, both in downtown St. Louis. These restaurant and kiosk operations are part of the agency’s employment training program that is in need of re-evaluation to align with St. Patrick Center’s new Housing First organizational structure.
McMurphy’s Café at St. Patrick Center as well as McMurphy’s Café Express on Market are closed, effective March 31, 2017. St. Patrick Center thanks the St. Louis community for all of its support since McMurphy’s Grill first opened in 1990.
The agency will continue to serve 49 hot, nutritious meals a week at Biddle Housing Opportunities Center (21 meals), Shamrock Club (7 lunches) and Rosati Group Home (21 meals). Analysis of the McMurphy’s employment training program, including program staff visits to other similar operations around the country, is expected to take 12 to 18 months.
“Housing First is an evidence-based practice that ends chronic homelessness,” said CEO Laurie Phillips. “We are restructuring the agency and our programs to fit this methodology and remove all barriers to housing as the client’s first step. Job and skills training, along with employment placement, are necessary support services in this model. We will restructure the McMurphy’s employment training program to align with the Housing First practice.”
St. Patrick Center’s mission remains the same – ending chronic homelessness in the St. Louis region. “Housing is the solution to homelessness, and we’re working ‘smarter’ to assess and prioritize people experiencing homelessness, and immediately provide them with the housing and support services they need,” said Karen Leverenz, President of the Board of Directors. St. Patrick Center, along with partners Peter & Paul Community Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the St. Louis City Continuum of Care, has been providing housing coordination services through Biddle Housing Opportunities Center, a comprehensive pathway to housing options and support services for people who are homeless or at risk, since August 2016.