In 2002, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council invited Crosscare to provide an emergency ‘cold weather’ response to the homeless situation in Dun Laoghaire. The Crosscare Night Shelter was initially located in metal cabins on Tivoli Road, on a site owned by the HSE.
While the conditions were less than adequate, the service was warm and welcoming and it proved to be a very popular option for homeless persons in the area. In 2004 Crosscare opened a Day Service at 1 Bentley Villas, Dun Laoghaire, which was an end of row terraced house that had a large garden.
Crosscare understood and believed that the facilities from which it provided services to homeless people in Dun Laoghaire were not good enough and sought agreement from stakeholders to develop innovative accommodation. Crosscare paved the way for others to follow in transforming the site of 1 Bentley Villas into something much more radical – a five story, state of the art facility – Bentley House. Bentley House provides high quality apartment style accommodation for up to 35 homeless persons.
Bentley House opened its doors to service users in December 2006, but was officially opened on September 5th by the Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Denis O’Callaghan.
In 2007 Bentley House received an award from The Irish Council for Social Housing – Community Housing Award for excellence in design, management and community development.
What We Do
Bentley House Supported Temporary Accommodation (STA) offers accommodation to persons with complex support needs, including drug and alcohol dependency, mental ill health, ex-offenders, young persons leaving care. Service users complete an holistic assessment of their needs upon entry, from this staff draw up a support plan and try to map the individuals way through whatever brought them to homelessness and ultimately to secure long term accommodation.
Staff at Bentley House manage and deliver programmes that address addictions, self-confidence & motivational thinking, changing problem behaviour, cookery, individual psychotherapy, goal setting, minding your mental health as well as keyworking and support planning.
We work closely with other stakeholders and link in our service users with services and main stream services like GP’s, primary and secondary health care services, Access Housing and settlement support services.
To contact Crosscare at Bentley House:
T: 01 284 5148 / 01 230 3682
F: 01 284 4736