About Us

Alpha House is a non-profit charitable agency that provides safe and caring environments for individuals whose lives are affected by alcohol and other drug dependencies. Established in 1981, as a safe place for men and women struggling with health issues such as addictions, mental health and physical health. Our continuum of programs help connect with individuals facing addictions at a variety of levels such as outreach programs, a shelter program, a detox program and a housing program with case management support. The volunteer program focus includes corporate and individual support.

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Our mission is to provide a safe and caring environment for individuals whose lives are affected by alcohol and other drug dependencies. We seek to provide hope and service through the promotion of well-being through our programs:

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Our Services

Services at Alpha House are consistently delivered from a social model that respects the clients’ right to self-determination as they address the impact of alcoholism and addiction in their lives. We strive to develop relationships of trust with our clients working on client-identified issues from withdrawal management to mental health concerns, from treatment to housing needs. We seek to provide hope through direct service and the promotion of well-being.


The Downtown Outreach Addictions Partnership (DOAP) Team operates 24/7 in the community. The Encampment Team works with rough sleepers and does housing intake for the Alpha Housing Program.

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The Shelter at Alpha House is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Clients are welcome at any time of the day or night. Alpha Shelter is a sobering center connecting clients to the Alpha Detox Centre, Alpha Housing, addiction treatment and recovery referral. The Alpha Shelter maintains a health clinic and onsite referral to Alpha Outreach: DOAP and Encampment Teams.

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Detox & Transitional Program

Our Alpha House Detox Program provides for the safe withdrawal from alcohol and other drug addictions. We have 20 detox dorm beds for men and 10 detox dorm beds for women. In addition our detox program provides 12 transitional dorm beds for individuals transitioning out of homelessness, seeking treatment and in need of an extended stay.

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Housing Program

The accredited housing program focuses on housing women and men who are experiencing addiction and chronic homelessness. Our Housing Program, since its inception, has housed over 500 clients.

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