Our units range from one bedroom to four bedroom units to accomodate different sized families. We manage 18 self-contained, unfurnished housing units located across Halifax Regional Municipality. Our buildings are equipped with outdoor security cameras, 24 hour alarm systems, and kick-proof doors. They are located in neighbourhoods chosen due to their low population density and their proximity to schools, bus routes and shopping locations. Like transition houses, all of our locations are anonymous to protect the safety of the women. Rent is geared towards income.
Can I stay at an Alice House unit?
Staying at an Alice House unit is possible if you are:
❑ in need of safe housing due to physical, sexual, emotional, financial, social, and/or spiritual abuse
❑ at least 19 years of age
❑ in receipt of a source of income (could be from having a job or with help from Income Assistance, Employment Insurance, child support, etc.)
❑ able to live independently
❑ ready to commit to counselling for yourself, children, and/or group counselling
❑ willing to make personal goals related to education, employment, financial independence, and finding permanent housing after leaving an Alice House unit
Acceptance into our program is based on unit size and availability and our ability to meet your needs.
What is the process?
Step 1: Call us
Call us at 902-466-8459 to complete an intake. Describe the safety risk in your current living situation and find out how Alice House can help or if you need crisis support. If you are in need of immediate safety, call 911. If you are in need of immediate housing or need crisis support for domestic violence, call Bryony House at 902-422-7650.
*Please note: In Nova Scotia, there is a law called the Children and Family Services Act. We have a legal obligation to report concerns of abuse or neglect of a child under the age of 19 to child protective services.
Step 2: Meet our women's counsellor
Meet with a women’s counsellor at Alice House for a consultation. You will be contacted within a week to let you know if you will be proceeding to the next step or utilizing other resources.
Step 3: Meet our housing coordinator
The housing coordinator will invite you to come in and discuss your housing needs. At this time you can learn about the rules for living at an Alice House unit. For instance, you must keep the location confidential. At this meeting you may also meet the executive director and you can ask further questions.
Step 4: Complete the paperwork
With the housing coordinator you will view the potential unit, review the rules and sign a three month fixed-term lease.
Step 5: Move in
Move into your new place! Speak with the housing coordinator if you need moving referrals, furniture, or other support settling in. We are here to help you.
Related link: Am I being abused?
What other help can I receive from Alice House?
Food bank access: Women living at Alice House are welcome to drop by to offset your food budget every weekday morning; Feed Nova Scotia delivers a truck-load of food items to our kitchen. Drop by our office to satisfy your hunger.
Transportation support: Bus tickets and car rides are sometimes provided for free to program participants.
Court support: Employees may be available to support women meeting lawyers or attending court within the Halifax Regional Municipality area.
Housing support: We can help you find furniture and move in, then help you transition out of Alice House. Any specific housing concerns can be addressed from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For after-hours emergency property maintenance, call the Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority at 902-420-6000.
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