Mental Health Report 2019


We hear over and over the significance of housing on health. Housing and access to housing is considered a huge component of stabilization of mental health. Non-profit housing providers often have mandates and policies that reflect this — but what are the actual impacts?

In 2015, the Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) applied to the Vancouver Foundation for Mental Health funding. The application was unsuccessful but was referred to the City of Vancouver’s Social Innovation Program. CCAP paired up with Gallery Gachet for a pilot project and community visioning around housing and mental health.

A second phase was funded, and “No Pill for this Ill” was released in April 2018. The third phase is about housing and housing providers — what are the models, and what policies and supports affect mental health in non-market housing? What are the benefits of including tenants with lived experience and recognizing them as experts in their own health? Should there be deference to operators rather than “community first”? What makes housing that is conducive to mental health?

For this part of the project, we researched data and developed questions relating to housing policy and practices, using feedback from earlier stages. Housing providers were surveyed about tenant involvement, programming and policies. We surveyed various housing models for tenant involvement in decision-making and advisory roles, programs and amenities. This report provides the results.