SAMHSA ADS Center
Housing and Social Inclusion
Safe and stable housing is an essential part of the foundation for personal recovery and a high-quality, satisfying, self-directed life in the community. Safe, decent, affordable housing provides not only a sense of stability, security, independence, and pride, but also the opportunity to become part of a community and develop relationships that we all depend on to see us through difficult times, share our joys, and provide the opportunity not only to receive but to give of ourselves.
For people with mental health and substance use problems to recover and rebuild their lives, they need access not only to services and supports for their conditions, but most importantly to those social, economic, educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities, as well as physical health services, that most citizens take for granted. This is what we mean when we talk about social inclusion. A socially inclusive nation provides needed opportunities for individuals in recovery from mental health problems, substance use disorders, and trauma histories to contribute to their communities aspeers, employees, parents, residents, students, volunteers, teachers, and active citizens.
People with lived experience of mental health problems, substance use disorders, and trauma have talents and abilities to contribute to make communities richer. In this e-resource update, we offer resources that demonstrate the importance of housing and community connection, both for people with lived experience and for their communities. The following resources and programs are a few of the many housing-related resources found on the SAMHSA ADS Center Web site, http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov.
Learn more at our Web site, http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov, about the key role that housing and being part of a community play in the recovery process; what communities can do to support people with mental health problems, substance use disorders, and trauma histories; and how communities can benefit from the active participation of people with lived experience in community life. You can also access a wide range of other topics and resources.
We hope our e-resource update will spark your interest, not only in the role of housing in recovery and social inclusion efforts, but also in the wide range of educational materials and resources available through the ADS Center and its Web site. To share your story about the role housing and community connection have played in your recovery, obstacles faced and how these were overcome, and where you are in recovery now, please visit the My Story section of our Web site, http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/publications/mystory.
We invite you to share this update with others who may be interested and to encourage them to join the ADS Center listserv by visiting http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/main/listserve.aspx.