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Supported Housing


PDF | Vol. 12, No. 3 (2017)

Housing isn’t just a place to call home, it’s a place where people can heal, grow, connect with their neighbours, and contribute to their community. Housing matters for everyone’s well-being, but it’s especially hard to manage health problems when you don’t have good housing. And the reality is that people who experience mental illnesses or substance use problems are the most likely to experience unstable housing and face homelessness. Because a roof over your head isn’t always enough, this issue of Visions looks at supported housing. Supported housing is any affordable housing that provides extra services to help people live well. Services might include case work, access to health care providers, training to improve daily living skills, help with employment, and many others. Supported housing is a vital approach—in fact, you’ll find several writers share just how much the ability to live independently has improved their mental health and well-being.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Glossary

  • Housing Our Homeless: The 2016 housing crisis from a supportive housing perspective
    (Greg Richmond)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • The New Place
    (Catherine L. Linley)

  • Home Sweet Hope
    (Joey Cork)

  • Supported Housing—A Lifeline
    (Lucy Waters)

  • Home Is Where the Heart Is
    (Andrew Woods)

  • An Extra Helping Hand: Supporting those who need it

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Supportive Housing in British Columbia: BC Housing options and outreach
    (Danielle Scott and Erin Smandych)

  • How Does Housing First Contribute to Recovery for People Who Have Been Homeless? Qualitative research from the At Home/Chez Soi study
    (Eric Macnaughton)

  • Supportive Housing in Kamloops: A home at the crossroads
    (Carmen Carr)

  • Where’s the CASH (Centralized Access to Supported Housing)? Reflections on the evaluation of a single point of access to supported housing in Victoria, BC
    (Trudy Norman and Bernadette Pauly)

  • The Youth Supported Independent Living Program: A supported housing option for youth living with mental illness
    (Eric Sault)

  • It Takes a Community to Make a Home: Indigenous supported housing in the North
    (Jackie Campbell and Christine Dalziel)


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