Introducing a Recovery Education Centre for Adults Experiencing Mental Health Challenges and Housing Instability in a Large Urban Setting

  • Timothy Ernest Chung
  • Susan Eckerle Curwood
  • Helen Thang
  • Samuel Gruszecki
  • Michaela Beder
  • Vicky StergiopoulosEmail author


The Supporting Transitions and Recovery (STAR) Learning Centre is a Recovery Education Centre designed to support housing tenure and community integration among people experiencing mental health challenges and housing instability in a large urban setting. Grounded in principles of emancipatory adult education, and user involvement in program design and delivery, the Recovery Education Centre supports student empowerment, and strengthens key domains of individual vulnerability to homelessness. The Centre can complement traditional mental health services and foster service provider reflexivity, confronting individual and institutional discrimination towards this population.


Homelessness Recovery education Service user involvement 



The STAR Learning Centre is funded through the Urban Angel Fund for Homeless People, an endowment to the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation. We wish to thank the students, volunteers, facilitators, and community advisory board members for their guidance and support in program development.

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Conflicts of Interest

Each one of the authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Ernest Chung
    • 1
  • Susan Eckerle Curwood
    • 1
  • Helen Thang
    • 1
  • Samuel Gruszecki
    • 1
  • Michaela Beder
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vicky Stergiopoulos
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Li Ka Shing Knowledge InstituteSt. Michael’s HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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