Housing: Discrimination and Inclusion

PDF | Vol. 10, No. 3 (2015)

Discrimination appears in so many facets of mental health care, and housing is no exception. Some people feel that challenges of low income, mental illness, or substance use should be relegated to a few parts of town or types of accommodation. While similar discrimination and exclusion would be unthinkable for most other group, some who experience mental health or substance use challenges are not welcomed or even tolerated by their neighbours. We know that safe and adequate housing supports recovery and fosters well-being—both for the residents and the neighbourhoods they live in. In this issue, you’ll see just how deeply housing matters, and how inclusion can make all the difference.