Canadian Service Providers’ Perceptions of Barriers and Support Gaps in Housing and Mental Health

Canadian Service Providers’ Perceptions of Barriers and Support Gaps in Housing and Mental Health

People experiencing mental illness and homelessness face numerous barriers to becoming housed. Service providers who work with this population also encounter challenges to meeting service users’ needs, yet their perspectives have been only minimally studied. Using survey data from a pan-Canadian study, this article explores the barriers and facilitators to fostering lasting change in housing and mental health according to 96 housing providers and 186 community-based mental health service providers. Findings show that the perspectives of mental health service providers are largely consistent with those of housing providers, and identify a range of support gaps and barriers.

JOURNAL: Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health
VOLUME: 36
ISSUE: 2
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017