This issue is called Housing as a Human Right, but really, housing is a human right. Safe, adequate housing is a critical component of health and well-being, for both physical health and mental health. It helps people live with dignity and respect, and feel included in communities regardless of their income or net worth. Housing is the physical space that contains our lives, histories, cultures, goals, accomplishments, and challenges, but far too many people are excluded from a safe, dignified home—or any home, in some cases. In this issue of Visions, writers share how poor housing impacts so many aspects of a person’s life, how secure housing can help people weather life’s ups and downs, and how housing that recognizes cultural, social, and other needs builds communities.
The Big Picture
Tenuous and Unaffordable Housing in a Pandemic
COVID-19 and Housing Insecurity
Stories + Strategies
The Perfect Storm: A renter’s plight in Victoria
(Ramya GN Reddy)
What is Culturally Safe Indigenous Housing?
Finding Purpose in Crisis
Depression and Cohousing: The courage to dream
Homelessness is the Least Interesting Thing About Them
My Housing Journey
Looking Ahead: How’s Work? Life in the Workplace
My Job Search Journey: Finding employment on the autism spectrum
Physician Burnout in 2021