At OHI, we know people with mental illness often have a hard time finding safe and affordable housing. Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders can make it even harder. We see it all around us, every day.
Sometimes, homelessness occurs after a psychiatric episode – when people act out in ways that lead to eviction – and homelessness is a common situation for people re-entering the community from hospitalization or incarceration. We also know a safe living situation is essential before people can move ahead and become productive and more independent members of the community.