Healing with Housing: Decriminalizing the Unhoused & Mentally Ill
647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
Healing with Housing: Decriminalizing the Unhoused & Mentally Ill,” presented by BRIC TV in partnership with The City, will bring together experts and leaders to discuss the housing crisis facing communities throughout Brooklyn and the impact of different strategies to mitigate harm and create pathways towards economic justice.
A recent policy targeting unhoused New Yorkers sent waves across the city. This policy states that unhoused individuals who appear mentally ill can be forcibly hospitalized, raising serious questions about our treatment of those battling mental illness.
Many of society’s most vulnerable groups live at the intersection of mental health issues and housing displacement, as seen across populations such as those struggling with substance abuse, the formerly incarcerated, youth aging out of the foster care system, LGBTQ youth, and seniors. Many of these groups are also more likely to experience increased involvement with the criminal justice system and over-policing.
As we bring together a panel of experts, this town hall asks: is there a more proactive and sustainable approach to engaging with those living at the intersection of mental health issues and housing insecurity? How can we create a meaningful system of care while not compromising basic human and civil rights?
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BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough.
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