Amy’s Place will house 12 apartments with the capability of providing shelter and services to 16 women hoping to reintegrate into society after battling addiction, the Guardian reports. The Amy Winehouse Foundation decided to start the home after discovering the paucity of similar rehabilitation centers in London.
“There are about six women-only rehabs, and beyond that, there’s an even greater paucity of women-specific recovery housing beds,” Amy Winehouse Foundation special project director Dominic Ruffy told the Guardian. “There is only one other women-only recovery house in London and it’s only a four-bed with a six-month waiting list.”
Amy Winehouse fought a long, public battle with drug and alcohol addiction in the years before her 2011 death.
Studies have shown that women are more likely to relapse back into addiction if not given proper post-rehab support. Amy’s Place has consulted with other female-only recovery centers to coordinate a three-month plan that includes yoga, relapse prevention groups and potential skills and employability based workshops.
Jane Winehouse, Amy’s stepmother and a trustee of the Winehouse Foundation said, “This project will make such a profound difference to so many young women, enabling them to have a safe environment in which to rebuild their lives and put into practice all the learning they have acquired through their treatment journey. Fresh starts are difficult to make, full of challenges, but at Amy’s Place, we will give young women the tools and support to help make this a reality.”