Recovery and Housing

Recovery, even in the face of chronic illness, is not only a possibility but is largely attainable by all people should they receive appropriate individual, social, and economic supports. Affordable, sustainable, and supportive housing is a key component of support required to facilitate recovery.

Recovery, as a philosophy, is meant to counter stigmatizing and discriminatory discourses about mental illness.

In this context, our researchers are working to fill knowledge gaps about gender differences in recovery experiences, and about the training and knowledge needs of practitioners working to meet the recovery and housing needs of marginalized populations.

Main Objectives

  • Explore and understand the experiences of marginalized groups of men and women interacting with the mental health, substance use, and housing services systems, and to assess how those interactions enable or impede recovery.
  • Inform the development of approaches to recovery and housing programming that are responsive and sensitive to the diverse needs of marginalized populations of men and women.
  • Support the training needs of service providers with regards to working from frameworks and practice models that take gender disparities and social inequities into account in supporting the recovery and housing needs of people with mental health and substance use problems.