Housing, Advocacy and Access

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 to each unit is tied to the housing allowance provided by income assistance. 

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 Employment Support and Income Assistance, Employment Insurance, child support, etc.)

❑ able to live by yourself

❑ interested in 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

❑ with or without female or male dependent children

Acceptance into our program is based on unit size and availability.

What is the process?

Step 1: Call us

Call us at 902-466-8459. Describe the safety risk in your current living situation and find out how Alice House can help. If you are in need of immediate safety, call 911.

*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. Have a discussion about how to deal with your experience with abuse in an intimate relationship. Make a plan to increase your safety by naming steps to take before, during, and after coming to Alice House.

Step 3: Meet our housing coordinator

The housing coordinator will invite you to see an Alice House unit. At this time you can learn about the rules for living at an Alice House unit. For instance, you must keep the location a secret from your ex-partner. You will also have the chance to talk to the executive director during this meeting.

Step 4: Complete the paperwork

Agree to the rules for living at an Alice House unit 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: Free food is available at Alice House. Every weekday at around 10 or 11 a.m., 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.

Housing support: We can help you find furniture, move in, find a place for after your stay at Alice House, and move out. 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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