Houselink Community Homes strives to improve the quality of life for psychiatric consumer / survivors, including those who are homeless or otherwise marginalized, through the provision of permanent, affordable, supportive housing and programs.
In our Mission Statement, we use the term ‘psychiatric survivors’ to talk about those we serve. We know that language is not neutral, lives within a social and political context, and evolves as our culture changes, often in response to our advocacy and vigilance as an organization. The power to ‘name things’ can create clarity and make visible that which was hidden. This power can also restrict and marginalize. Our members have lived this reality.
Quality of life is at the heart of our mission. We believe people – even people with serious mental illness– know what’s best for them. All residents are members and participants of Houselink, contributing in the daily life and decisions of the organization.
Houselink Community Homes is committed to the following principles:
| Housing is a fundamental right.
|People have the right to be responsible for themselves and their own destiny.
|People have a right to a positive culture for healing and recovery.
|Houselink is member centred and each member has the right to participate and share in the organization.
|Houselink is a community in which mutual support and mutual accountability are fundamental.
|Houselink is a community where racism, violence, sexism, homophobia and any other violations of the Human Rights Code are not tolerated