Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 133–150 | Cite as

Community Integration in the Early Phase of Housing Among Homeless Persons Diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness: Successes and Challenges

  • Philip T. Yanos
  • Susan M. Barrow
  • Sam Tsemberis


The present investigation used qualitative methods to explore the response to housing and experience of community integration of formerly homeless individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness recently housed in both independent and staffed residential settings. Findings indicate that entering into housing after a long period of homelessness is associated with improvements in community integration for most individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness. However, for a meaningful minority, the adaptation to housing may also be associated with challenges that can complicate the integration process. Implications of findings are discussed in the context of how best to tailor programs to meet the complex needs of persons diagnosed with severe mental illness and to maximize community integration.

homelessness community integration severe mental illness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip T. Yanos
    • 1
  • Susan M. Barrow
    • 2
  • Sam Tsemberis
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging ResearchRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.New York State Psychiatric InstituteUSA
  3. 3.Pathways to Housing, IncUSA

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