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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.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Affordable Housing for All
    (Alice Sundbergh)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Housing Is Mental Health
    (Karen Ward)

  • A Roller-Coaster of Hope and Despair: Looking out for Adam
    (Angel Strehlen)

  • Peace, Not War in Housing–Please
    (C. Elliott)

  • Stigma Doesn't Live Here
    (Monica Kriese)

  • Sometimes You Just Take a Chance...A landlord perspective
    (Astrid Egger)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Yes in my Backyard! A guide to inclusive communities
    (DJ Larkin)

  • Redefining Social Housing: Words have power for good or bad...
    (Jim Spinelli)

  • Fraser Street Program: Changing a community's view of mental health and addictions housing
    (Darlene Fiddler)

  • Community is Where Home Begins: Lessons from Calgary
    (Louise Gallagher)


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