Cosgarne Hall: beating addiction

Cosgarne Hall helps homeless people to take control of their lives, operating an alcohol and substance tolerant policy. Since 2009, ten lives have been saved and last year alone 70 people were supported to live independently.

Malcolm Putko, general manager of Cosgarne Hall, explains how tolerating drugs and alcohol is helping homeless people to take control of their lives.

Cosgarne Hall’s 54 rooms are almost always full. Since 2009, ten lives have been saved in overdose cases. Last year 70 people were supported to live independently.

With years of experience we know that homelessness and addiction go hand in hand, and we can offer tailored support to help people turn their lives around. We’re one of the few places in the country to operate an alcohol and substance tolerant policy, so residents at Cosgarne are able to address their issues in a realistic environment.

We encourage them to recover at their own pace because their needs are more complex thanaddiction alone. We’ve adapted and developed Cosgarne Hall with this in mind.

Two loans from Charity Bank have enabled us to help people move on and live independently. The first loan helped buy an eight-bed property, and a second helped finance a six-bed home for those ready to live more independently and move out of the main complex. We’re lucky to have the support from Charity Bank because we know not every bank would be willing to enter into a partnership with a charity that is alcohol tolerant.

"Needs are more complex than addiction alone. We’ve developed Cosgarne Hall with this in mind."

Malcolm Putko, general manager, Cosgarne Hall

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Malcolm and the Cosgarne Hall team

Cosgarne Hall's story

We recently visited Cosgarne Hall to hear all about their work, meeting with Malcolm and the team as well as current residents. Watch Cosgarne's video story here.