Tiny Homes Are Huge for People Living With Serious Mental Illness

Journal Article (Editorial;Journal)

Purpose: A formative evaluation examined the acceptability and feasibility of tiny homes for people living with serious mental illness (SMI). Methods: The evaluation included four focus groups with people with SMI and service providers (n = 28) and eight overnight stays with people with SMI. Results: The analysis identified six recommendations for tailoring the design of the tiny homes and the community where the homes will be located to meet the needs of people living with SMI. The recommendations for the design of the tiny homes included maximize natural light and outdoor spaces, design flexible living spaces, and ensure accessibility. The recommendations for the design of the surrounding community included ensure privacy, build a community, and maximize residents’ connectivity. Conclusions: This research serves as a starting point for interventions that aim to develop housing that is both affordable and tailored to the needs of people with SMI.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, AB; Mahadevan, T; Villodas, M; Rodriguez, M; Bailliard, A; Cuddeback, G

Published Date

  • October 1, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 816 - 825

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7581

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-7315

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1049731520961448

Citation Source

  • Scopus