Oxford House Inc.

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 2000 houses in the United States today.

The first Oxford House was established in 1975 in Silver Spring, Maryland.  From the beginning the group rejected ownership of any property and continues to rent – not purchase – single-family houses in good neighborhoods to establish new Oxford Houses. In the years between 1975 and 1988, eighteen Houses were established by and for recovering individuals.  The principles of replication and guidelines for running a group home for recovering alcoholics and substance abusers embodied in the Oxford House Manual had become institutionalized in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area and in 1987 a house for ten men was rented in Bethlehem, PA.

How Do I Join an Oxford House?




Click here and search through our list of houses and see which ones have vacancies available.




Call and interview with a house. Each house is responsible for conducting their own interviews and voting on new members




Now that you've been accepted, move on in! Each house provides beds and furniture and each new member is responsible for their clothing and hygiene supplies.