Houselink Community Homes combines work, supportive housing and inclusive community, to promote and help people recover from mental illness and addiction. This report describes strategies that can help people living with mental health and substance use issues find work. These strategies involve supporting members in their search for jobs and having employees share their lived experiences. While implementing both of these strategies, Houselink found that members who were supported in their search for work acquired better social skills and felt more confident and competent. Houselink also learned ways to improve the organization, which can inform similar programs currently in development.
This review gives voice to the experience of both members and employees alike.
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