RECOMMENDED READING: Opening A New Door: The Outcomes Achieved For Participants In The Doorway Housing First Private Rental Project For Homeless People With Mental Illness

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Authors: Tracey Swadling, Sean Hegarty and Rosalie Frankish, VIC

Year: 2013

Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 978-0-9757653-7-1

Abstract: Research suggests that access to housing for people with a severe mental illness supports recovery. Recognising this, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria (MI Fellowship) implemented the Doorway private rental demonstration project for homeless people with a mental illness, utilising a localised version of the Housing First model, in 2011. Doorway’s enhancements to Housing First include utilising private rentals, establishing personalised integrated teams comprising clinicians, Doorway workers, the participant and other formal and informal supports, a Peer workforce, as well as specialist employment assistance and development of natural support networks. This report provides qualitative and quantitative data about the outcomes achieved by Doorway participants in the first two years of the program, with a focus on:
• Mental health.
• Physical health.
• Social relationships and community connectedness.
• Family engagement.
• Access to and stability in employment.
• Housing tenure and stability of tenancies.

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