Harm Reduction

Healing Hearts Harm Reduction Program provides housing and support for people who use drugs and are unable or unwilling to stop.

The aim of the program is to provide housing and support both men and women over the age of 18 safely within the community, who are experiencing housing problems due to drugs. This is achieved by providing housing together with support tailored to each individual’s needs.

We attempt to achieve this by providing:

• Assured Tenancies Agreements.

• A Good Standard Of Furnished Shared Apartment Housing 

• Information And Advice, Informal Counselling, And Support Around Drug Related Issues.

• Access To Treatment, Community-Based Programs And Services.

• Liaison With Other Professional Agencies.

• Support Tailored To Individual Needs.

The strategic purpose of Healing Hearts is one of harm reduction.

Harm Red​uction:

Although abstinence/cessation from drug use may be desirable, it may not be attainable in the short term. Recognizing this reality, Healing Hearts has adopted a harm reduction approach.

We have strong links with treatment agencies and programs, government funding programs, and services, throughout Edmonton and surrounding areas. We are able to help clients gain access to those services. It is important to note that the responsibility for a change in behavior rests solely with the client. By adopting harm reduction strategies we are providing people with the opportunity to contemplate change. Our intention is to create an environment that enables people with drug-related difficulties to overcome and/or manage them and begin to live healthy and crime-free lives again.

Conditions & Referrals

Applicants for housing must be men or women over the age of 18 and in need of housing.

Referrals are accepted from a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies. Initial contact is usually by a telephone call to the program. If a referral is assessed as appropriate and a vacancy exists, accommodation can be offered.