Sunday, November 8, 2009

‘I've gone through a metamorphosis'



An article published in yesterday's edition of The Globe and Mail:
Stability is the key to managing mental illness, experts suggest. André Picard looks at a Montreal project that puts housing first, providing troubled homeless people a stable home of their own

By André Picard

Ricardo Maddalena has lived in many places over the past four decades: fleabag apartments, a psychiatric hospital, prison, rooming houses and on the streets.

Four years ago, he finally found a home.

The 58-year-old, who suffers from severe schizophrenia and has struggled with alcoholism since his teens, moved into an innovative housing project in downtown Montreal that is operated by Chambreclerc, a non-profit group in the city that offers housing to long-time homeless men and women with severe psychiatric disabilities.

“Since I moved here, I've gone through a metamorphosis,” Mr. Maddalena says.

To read the entire article, please click here.

Also see:

Homelessness: By the numbers

Harm reduction: Contentious, but experts say it works

Photo Credit: John Morstad for The Globe and Mail

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