Our outreach teams are often our first point of contact with individuals out in the community, which is important to getting people connected to the supports they need.
How to Access
Anyone looking for support with addictions and transportation can call the DOAP Team at 403-998-7388. If you are rough sleeping or need information on getting a housing assessment (SPDAT) completed for Housing First programs, please call Encampment at 403-805-7388.
Downtown Outreach Addictions Partnership (DOAP) Team
The DOAP Team started in 2005 and offers a collective response to substance abuse in Calgary communities. The DOAP Team is an alternative and more appropriate response to substance abuse issues and public intoxication, resulting in reduced pressure on Calgary Police Services (CPS), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Transit, Bylaw and local city hospitals. The team seeks to remove the barriers for individuals with multiple risk factors such as street issues by coordinating access to a range of medical, shelter, housing and addiction programs. Find someone a safe place to stay allows for the possibility of connecting with social supports that could help facilitate a positive change.
Download DOAP Team SROI Summary
In 2014, a third party Social Return on Investment study showed the DOAP Team creates a social value of $9.43 for each $1 invested.
The Encampment Team connects with people sleeping outside to provide assistance into housing. They also do housing intake for Alpha House housing programs and is trained to do SPDAT assessments with those looking to get into a Housing First program. They work closely with Bylaw to help provide resources to this population.
Connect 2 Care
The Connect 2 Care Team is a partnership between Alpha House and CUPS Health and Education Centres. The team connects with people who are experiencing homelessness in hospitals to help support them with social and health care needs during their stay and once they are discharged to the community. The goal of the program is to reduce inappropriate use of the health care system while assisting with better health outcomes for this population.