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Housing, Citizenship, and Communities for People with Serious Mental Illness
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Housing, Citizenship, and Communities for People with Serious Mental Illness: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy Perspectives

John Sylvestre, Geoffrey Nelson, and Tim Aubry


This book provides a comprehensive overview of the field of housing for people with serious mental illness, with a special focus on citizenship and community life as key outcomes for people living with serious mental illness in community housing. It examines the history of this field while also pointing to the future to strengthen our theories, research, practice, and policy. The field of housing and mental health has been rapidly evolving over the past decade. This is the first comprehensive overview of this field. Despite impressive progress, the field is somewhat fractured and suffers from ... More

Keywords: housing, serious, mental illness, Housing First, supportive housing, community, mental health, citizenship, integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190265601
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190265601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Sylvestre, editor
Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa

Geoffrey Nelson, editor
Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Tim Aubry, editor
Professor, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa

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Section I Overview of History and Housing Approaches for People with Serious Mental Illness

3 Community-Based Support in the Context of Housing

Tim Aubry, Rebecca Cherner, John Ecker, and Stephanie Yamin

Section II Housing Theory and Research Methods

6 Theory and Research on the Social Context of Housing

Geoffrey Nelson and Timothy MacLeod

8 Expanding Methodological Options for Housing Research

John Sylvestre, Amandeep Bassi, and Katherine Bendell

Section III International Perspectives on Housing Policy for People with Serious Mental Illness

9 The Primacy of Research

Philip Mangano

10 Mental Health Housing Policy in Canada

John Trainor, Susan Eckerle Curwood, Reena Sirohi, and Nick Kerman

11 What Do We Mean by Housing First?

Nicholas Pleace and Joanne Bretherton

Section IV Views from the Frontline

15 Frontline Practice in Housing First Programs

Benjamin F. Henwood and Emmy Tiderington

16 Landlords and Scattered-Site Housing

Timothy MacLeod, Tim Aubry, Geoffrey Nelson, Henri Dorvil, Scott McCullough, and Patricia O’Campo

Section V Conclusions and Reflections

End Matter