In the hopes of averting tragedies like the one that ended the life of their namesake, the Amy Winehouse Foundation has opened a home in East London for women recovering from addiction. Amy’s Place opened on Aug. 1 and features 16 beds for women hoping to make their way back into society healthy and sober.
The house is made up of 12 apartments, four of which are meant for two people. According to Winehouse Foundation Special Project Director Dominic Ruffy, the space is sorely needed.
“There are about six women-only rehabs, and beyond that, there’s an even greater paucity of women-specific recovery housing beds,” he 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.”
The house and program was designed with the suggestions of recovering addicts at one of those women’s-only rehab centers, with the hope that the house will meet all the needs of recovering addicts like the ones currently working toward being clean.
“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,” Winehouse’s stepmother Jane Winehouse said. “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.”