Petition to Relocate the Calgary Alpha House (located at 203 15 Avenue SE Calgary T2G 1G4)

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We ask for Calgary City Council and all appropriate levels of municipal/provincial government to draw attention to the current location and mandate of the Calgary Alpha House. Specifically, to relocate (or re-assess current resources) of the Calgary Alpha House located at 203 15 Avenue SE (T2G 1G4) to a facility that is equipped to successfully deal with addiction treatment and rehabilitation while causing the least amount of negative impact to surrounding communities and businesses (theft, vandalism, violence, nuisance, crime, etc). As stated on the Alpha House website, "The Shelter at Alpha House is open 24 hours, seven days a week and clients are welcome at any time of the day or night". Unfortunately, the Alpha House reached capacity long ago and often have to turn away drunk/intoxicated clients back to the street where opportunities for crime and disturbance abound. This is supported by the continuous loitering and lineup seen in the area.

The Alpha House is currently located in a key business hub and entertainment district of Calgary. There is a tremendous amount of condo and infrastructure development currently underway and slated for the future. The current location and management of Alpha House clients is not conducive to the vibrant development that is planned for Victoria Park / Stampede. Links that contain the details of these plans can be found here:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/stampede-station-cost-1.5146076

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-trio-development-1.5104971?fbclid=IwAR0KdSivkcxoignPy6MjtplB4bXvr6M6UgpxBRok3Cxpgh6qNYuLtHLnzOM

Crime in the Beltline is only increasing, year over year, for the last five years. Furthermore, the Beltline has the highest crime count of all communities in Calgary. The facebook group mentioned below references data that shows this (obtained from www.calgary.ca/cps).

We fully support addiction treatment and rehabilitation in a facility that is adequately resourced to do so with minimal negative impact to surrounding residences, businesses and the community.

In order to improve drug and alcohol treatment to clients, there are examples of rehab and treatment centers that relocate and upgrade facilities even after decades of operation. Lyndon House in Australia is one example. You can read the full article here:

http://www.lyndon.org.au/portfolio-item/canowindras-rehab-centre-relocate/?fbclid=IwAR1rYdhNE8IQx0SMO__jD04T3LXhKVh9LIVzc8jt25WuLVox0bX-phG_7Ig

Another example of an addiction facility that relocated to a better location in order to serve their clients is Summit Behavioral Health in New Jersey. You can read about that story here: 

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/summit-behavioral-health-announces-relocation-to-new-facility-300586862.html?fbclid=IwAR2vZ-NkErx0z_kalzbEVFfqzNLY0yNSGP_I_BlqcjGT-CkkwuZ5mlOEIx8

A Facebook group has been set up for all concerned individuals to comment and let their concerns and stories with the Alpha House be known. That link can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/403096137081834/