Housing Instability & Mental Health

Posted on May 10, 2021

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Mental health is correlated with housing in several ways both as cause of housing precarity as well as an effect of poor housing. Studies have shown that mental illness is a predictor of living in a precarious housing situation, and one quarter of the homeless population in America suffer a mental illness. Yet also evictions, temporary housing situations, and poor housing conditions have been shown to lead to or reinforce issues with depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. A key element to improving mental health for those in precarious housing and those experiencing homelessness is the provision of affordable, safe, stable, and permanent housing. Our panelist will discuss how mental health can affect housing stability, as well as the limitations of our social support systems for those suffering a mental illness. This month’s Housing Hangout will be facilitated by Destiny Alston, MPA Candidate at UNC Greensboro and research assistant for the CHCS Eviction Mediation Program.


  • Brooks-Ann McKinney , Head of Vulnerable Populations , Cone Health
  • Lindy Garnette , Associate Adjunct Professor , University of Maryland Global Campus
  • Nakia Brown , Case Manager , Interactive Resource Center
  • Valerie Jones , System of Care Coordinator , Sandhills Center


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