7. Housing

  1. Felicity Callard1,
  2. Norman Sartorius2,
  3. Julio Arboleda-Flórez3,
  4. Peter Bartlett4,
  5. Hanfried Helmchen5,
  6. Heather Stuart3,
  7. Jose Taborda6 and
  8. Graham Thornicroft1

Published Online: 17 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119945352.ch7

Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice

Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice

How to Cite

Callard, F., Sartorius, N., Arboleda-Flórez, J., Bartlett, P., Helmchen, H., Stuart, H., Taborda, J. and Thornicroft, G. (2012) Housing, in Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119945352.ch7

Author Information

  1. 1

    Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK

  2. 2

    Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva, Switzerland

  3. 3

    Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

  4. 4

    School of Law and Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

  5. 5

    Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Germany

  6. 6

    Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119953548

Online ISBN: 9781119945352



  • community integration;
  • deinstitutionalisation;
  • homelessness;
  • housing discrimination;
  • independent living;
  • right to housing;
  • social integration;
  • tenancy discrimination;
  • UN CRPD Article 19;
  • UN CRPD Article 28


Disability discrimination legislation often includes housing as one of the spheres to which protections apply. We also provide examples from high-income countries that have introduced specific legislation relating to housing in an attempt to combat the widespread discrimination that people with disabilities experience in relation to acquiring and maintaining tenancy agreements. This legislation frequently extends the principles of reasonable accommodation from the workplace into the housing sphere, to place duties upon housing providers to accommodate the needs of tenants with disabilities. It is of course the case that for many people with mental disabilities across the world, the priority in relation to where they live is for that place to be the community and not the institution. We provide examples to indicate the power that legislation can have in mandating a move towards deinstitutionalisation.