Decent, safe, affordable housing is one of the most important factors that affect our mental health. Poor housing, such as housing that’s too expensive, run-down or over-crowded, can lead to poor overall health. It can also make recovery from mental health or substance use problems much more difficult.
Housing is about more than a place to sleep. It’s tied our physical well-being, mental well-being and social well-being. Housing is an affordable safe space that protects us. It’s a secure, private space of our own. And it’s a place to gather with members of our communities.
Stable housing is a key factor of good health. The Province of British Columbia offers supportive housing options through BC Housing, a provincial government agency.
Since 2009, Tse’ Koo Huba Yoh has been home for more than 130 of the most vulnerable women in our community. Many are struggling with the residual effects of the Residential School System, broken relationships, abuse, addictions and a low level of education and employment.