PURPOSE

Oxford House is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In its simplest form, an Oxford House describes a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home. Parallel to this concept lies the organizational structure of Oxford House, Inc. This publicly supported, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation is the umbrella organization which provides the network connecting all Oxford Houses and allocates resources to duplicate the Oxford House concept where needs arise.

The number of residents in a House may range from six to fifteen; there are houses for men, houses for women, and houses which accept women with children. Oxford Houses flourish in metropolitan areas such as New York City and Washington D.C. and thrive in such diverse communities as Hawaii, Washington State, Canada and Australia; but they all abide by the basic criteria.

Each House represents a remarkably effective and low cost method of preventing relapse. This was the purpose of the first Oxford House established in 1975, and this purpose is served, day by day, house after house, in each of over 1,200 houses in the United States today.

STRUCTURE

Three or more Oxford Houses within a 100 mile radius comprise an Oxford House Chapter. A representative of each House in the Chapter meets with the others on a monthly basis, to exchange information, to seek resolution of problems in a particular House, and to express that Chapter’s vote on larger issues.

The World Council is comprised of 12 members: 9 of which presently live in an Oxford House, and 3 alumni.  Members are elected each year at the Oxford House World Convention.  The primary mission of the Oxford House World Council is to facilitate adherence to Oxford House Traditions’ concept and system of operations, by providing effective means of communication and mission focus between the various organizational structures of Oxford House as a whole.  In carrying out its mission the Council always keeps a focus on expansion of the network of individual Oxford Houses, to provide all recovering alcoholics and drug addictions the opportunity to develop comfortable sobriety without relapse.

The Board of Directors maintains the sole right to Charter, and to revoke the Charter of, individual Oxford Houses and exercises authority over the policies and officers of Oxford House, Inc. In this way, Oxford House, Inc. remains responsive to the needs of the population it serves.

FINANCES

The men and women in Oxford Houses pay all the expenses to maintain the individual Oxford Houses that make up the network of more than 1,400 houses.  During FY 2019, residents paid rent, utility and other household expenses of $155,337,624.

During the same period of time, Oxford House, Inc. – the 501(c)(3) nonprofit national umbrella organization of individual Oxford Houses – expended $11,896,823 to start 393 new houses and to keep the national network of approximately 22,111 houses on track through utilization of trained outreach workers, publications, monitoring, chapter and state associations, workshops and the national convention.

Contributions are used to [1] to maintain a revolving loan fund to provide start-up loans of up to $4,000 to start new Oxford Houses and [2] to train and supervise outreach workers who provide technical assistance for new and existing houses.

Donations can be made using Guidestar, the United Campaign Fund, Best Charities or the Combined Federal Campaign – CFC #11535.

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