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Housing and Homelessness


PDF | Vol. 4, No. 1 (2007)

This milestone issue of Visions navigates through the intricate web of housing and homelessness. You’ll come to realize just how deeply entrenched mental illness and addiction are in BC’s homelessness landscape. This issue is full of heartbreaking, frustrating and uplifting personal stories from people who have lived or are still living on the streets; and from the compassionate souls who are trying to help them. You’ll be inspired by profiles of innovative programs that are removing barriers to housing for those who need it most.


  • Editor's message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Health and Housing: Partnerships for success
    (Karyn French and Margaret McNeil)

  • The Faces of Homelessness Across BC
    (Michelle Patterson)

  • Against the Odds: A profile of marginalized and street-involved youth in BC
    (Annie Smith)

  • Substance Use: Pathways to homelessness? Or a way of adapting to street life?
    (Eugenia Didenko and Nicole Pankratz)

  • Homelessness: Not just an urban phenomenon
    (Teya Greenberg)

  • Applying for Subsidized Housing in BC
    (Erin Smandych)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Life on the Streets
    (Jon Mercier)

  • Recipes for an SRO

  • Living with Bekele: Recovery and relationships in a small family home

  • My Woman Under Plastic
    (Claire Hurley)

  • Outside In: When someone living rough is given a home
    (Judy Graves)

  • Leonard's Story
    (Leonard Larsen)

  • Living on the Edge: 1981 to 1991
    (Lindy Ruth Cunnington)

  • Fighting 'Roadblocks' on My Way Back
    (Brian Felstead)

  • A Mother's Perspective
    (Martha Scales)

  • The Truth of the Streets: And my life thereafter ...
    (Vance Hughes)

  • Homelessness - Not Good for My Mental Health
    (Aaron Zacharias) (online only)

  • Finding a Way Home: One man's experience with homelessness
    (Jake Adrian) (online only)

  • From Rags to Riches in Happiness
    (Jessie Tegan Milton) (online only)

  • Carrying On: My struggle for a different life
    (Micheal O'Shea) (online only)

  • Reaching Out: On communication, community and crumbling brick walls ...
    (Kara Keam) (online only)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Innovative Approaches to Housing the Homeless
    (Megan Dumas)

  • Mental Health Supported Housing Means Less Time in Hospital
    (Linda Thomas)

  • From Streets to Homes: ASK Wellness Centre's Housing Outreach Program
    (Bob Hughes)

  • Housing First - The Triage Experience
    (Leslie Remund)

  • Fleeing Abuse: Toward homes without violence for women with mental illness and addiction
    (Dianna Hurford) (online only)

Regional Programs

  • Lookout Emergency Aid Society
    (Al Mitchell)

  • Pacifica Housing Services: Embracing the challenge of homelessness in Victoria
    (Phil Ward)

  • The Youth Supported Independent Living Program: Helping at-risk youth with mental illness to succeed
    (Eric Sault)

  • Already in Our Backyard
    (Rudy Small)

  • In from the Shadows, in the North: AWAC's services for marginalized women and female youth
    (Marianne Sorensen)

  • BC Housing: Offering support to BC's most vulnerable people
    (Craig Crawford) (online only)

  • Get On With It! Public consultation on Vancouver's supportive housing strategy
    (Jill Davidson) (online only)



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