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Mental health, permanent housing, and peer support through community living in the Fairweather Lodge: implementation through collaboration

Charles Bermingham (Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.)
Christopher F. Manlick (Psychological and Quantitative Foundation, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.)
William Ming Liu (Psychological and Quantitative Foundation, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Article publication date: 16 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explain the history of the Fairweather Lodge Program, its utility, the development of one program in a small Midwestern city, the role of psychology, and the importance of disseminating information about the program to combat homelessness.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper takes a short case study approach to describing the evolution of a peer support-based housing program for individuals with serious mental illness and a history of homelessness.

Findings

The Fairweather Lodge facilitates peer support, community engagement, stable housing, and work engagement in those struggling with mental illness and homelessness.

Originality/value

The Fairweather Lodge Program is a program intended to support the mental health and employment needs of individuals with severe mental illness who are at increased risk of homelessness. Housing alone often does not address the complex needs of chronically homeless individuals.

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Acknowledgements

The work reported here was supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Rural Health, Veterans Rural Health Resource Center-Central Region, and the Health Services Research and Development (HSR & D) Service through the Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) Center (CIN 13-412).

Citation

Bermingham, C., Manlick, C.F. and Liu, W.M. (2015), "Mental health, permanent housing, and peer support through community living in the Fairweather Lodge: implementation through collaboration", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 26-30. https://doi.org/10.1108/HCS-02-2015-0002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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