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PDF | Vol. 8, No. 1 (2013)

Housing is fundamental to health and well-being. People without housing often die earlier than people who have adequate housing. Mental health or substance use problems can be pathways to poor housing or homelessness, and poor housing and homelessness often contribute to mental health or substance use problems. In this issue, you’ll see that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to housing or homelessness. Different people have different needs and preferences. Innovative programs and approaches here in BC are changing the way we think about housing and housing supports. And in every article, you’ll see the value in housing—as a safe place, a place for recovery, and a place for growth.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Homelessness: What are we talking about and what do we know
    (Bernie Pauly)

  • Finding Subsidized or Supportive Housing
    (Gail Burak and Erin Smandych)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Maslow's Pyramid and the Snowy Owl: The ups and downs of getting and keeping housing

  • Epic 'Fail'
    (Salman Husain)

  • The Fifth Pillar—Housing
    (From Grief to Action parents)

  • Youth Detox—and a Taste of Healthy Home Life
    (Barrett Carter)

  • Housing Challenges in Northern BC and the Value of Support
    (Claudette Plante)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Rental Housing Matters: How an advocate can help
    (Patty Edwards)

  • Housing Our Most Marginalized: A Housing First approach
    (Lynne Belle-Isle)

  • The Vancouver At Home Project: Preliminary findings
    (Julian Somers)

  • The Inner City Youth Mental Health Program: Helping homeless youth and young adults find their way to wellness
    (Steve Mathias and Scott Harrison)


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