Calgary Alpha House Society

Calgary Alpha House Society has been providing safe and caring environments for individuals whose lives are affected by alcohol and other drug dependencies since 1981. Through its outreach, shelter, detox and housing programs, Alpha House is providing hope and service while promoting well-being.


Why do we need this building?

Women experiencing homelessness are extremely vulnerable, yet their needs are often overlooked because they represent a small portion of the homeless population. Combined with addiction, mental health issues, domestic violence, and other factors, their needs are often very complex and require trauma counselling. The number of homeless women in Calgary is growing and so is the need for a safe and affordable place for them to live.


RESOLVE Project
  • Build a new apartment building for 25-30 women who have experienced addiction and long-term or frequent homelessness.
  • Tenants pay rent based on their income so that it’s affordable.

Design:

  • Counselling rooms and office space provide a safe place to work through the trauma women have faced during homelessness.
  • Common areas and kitchen are places to gather and socialize with other tenants. These rooms will also have shared computers for tenants.

Support:

  • 24/7 onsite support with intensive case management
  • Gender-specific building allows women to heal together
  • Trauma-sensitive programming designed with differences in culture in mind

*Rendering and project features are subject to change

 

Kathy Christiansen, Executive Director

The women we want to support through this project are mothers, daughters, sisters — they are more vulnerable, yet their needs are often overlooked. Their mortality rate is 10 times higher than the general population. Through RESOLVE, we’re hoping to reduce the rate of mortality for the women we serve.” — Kathy Christiansen, Executive Director