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Housing Policy for Persons With Severe Mental Illness



Homelessness among persons with severe mental illness is a visible manifestation of deeply flawed public policies. This article critically assesses research to date on housing and related policies for the homeless mentally ill and recommends that future research target three strategic areas: (i) housing subsidies; (ii) landlord reluctance to rent to persons with mental illness, thereby solving one of their major problems in accessing housing; and (iii) appropriate housing and service mix for this heterogeneous population; that is, answering the longstanding threshold policy question of what housing and service mixes work best and for whom.