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Empowerment Through Housing

Donald M. Linhorst

in Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171877
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865338 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171877.003.0006
 Empowerment Through Housing

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This chapter applies the nine conditions for empowerment introduced in Chapter 4 to housing. People with mental illness are empowered through housing when they select their own residence from a range of options that are meaningful to them, when they are able to maintain that residence, and when they control their lives within it. The empowerment potential of various types of housing are explored, including living with family members, single-room occupancy units, boarding homes, psychiatric group homes, supervised apartments, and supported housing. Types of financial assistance for housing are explored, as well as federal and state laws to protect housing access. Case studies from a state psychiatric hospital and a community mental health illustrate the application of conditions. The chapter concludes with sixteen guidelines to promote empowerment through housing.

Keywords: family members; single-room occupancy housing; boarding homes; group homes; supervised apartments; supported housing; housing laws

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