Kwae Kii Win

The Kwae Kii Win Managed Alcohol Program provides stable, supportive housing to 15 people who have lived with chronic alcoholism and homelessness for many years.


Improvements in Quality of Life

MAP (Managed Alcohol Programs) participants were more likely to keep their housing and experience increased safety and improved quality of life compared to life on the streets, in jails, shelters or hospitals.
Participants described the MAP environment as a safe place characterized by respect, trust and a non-judgmental approach providing a sense of family, home and hope with opportunities to reconnect with family and culture.

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Our participants reported

Changes in Alcohol-Related Harms

Less frequent use of non-beverage alcohol such as mouthwash or rubbing alcohol, Fewer alcohol-related harms & improved scores on liver function tests. The source

Fewer police contacts
Fewer detox admissions
Fewer hospital admissions
Less time in custody

Cost Effectiveness

Preliminary findings indicate that provision of adequate housing and individualized support to manage and regulate alcohol consumption can be a cost-effective way to address homelessness for those with severe alcohol dependence. When taking the social costs of homelessness into account, there is an estimated saving of $1.09 to $1.21 for every dollar invested due to significant reductions in frequency of health, social and legal service utilization by participants, both prior to entry and compared to a control group.

Frequently asked questions

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What is the Kwae Kii Win Managed Alcohol Program?

Kwae Kii Win is a specialized program designed to provide a safer environment for individuals struggling with severe alcohol-related issues and unstable housing. We aim to reduce harmful consequences and improve the quality of life for participants.

Who can join the Kwae Kii Win Program?

Men, women, and youth aged 16-25 who are facing severe alcohol-related challenges and unstable housing situations are eligible to join the program.

What kind of support does the program offer?

The program provides multiple levels of support, including regulated alcohol management, medical care, legal advice, and mental health counseling through the community partnerships.

How effective is the program in reducing harm?

The program has seen significant reductions in various alcohol-related harms, including police contacts, detox admissions, hospital admissions, and time spent in custody.

Is the program cost-effective?

Preliminary data indicates a saving of $1.09 to $1.21 for every dollar invested in the program. It's an effective and cost-efficient method for managing severe alcohol dependence and homelessness.

What is the environment like within the program?

Participants have described the program environment as safe, respectful, non-judgmental, and providing a sense of family and home.

Can family members visit participants?

Yes, we encourage family connections. However, due to the sensitivity of the program, visits need to be scheduled and coordinated in advance.

How can I apply or refer someone to the program?

To apply or refer someone to the program, please contact us through our Contact Us page.

How can I donate to support the Kwae Kii Win program?

Donations are highly appreciated and can include both financial support and essential items like clothing and hygiene products. Please click on the "Donate Now" button for more details.

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