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What Do You Call Home?

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  • What is a home? Many unhoused
    individuals are described as homeless;
    however, they may not view
    themselves that way. We took great
    care to be intentional with our use of
    language when developing our
    community-led housing framework for
    individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum
    disorder. Consider the use of the
    word unhoused, an experience of
    being without a house, versus
    homeless, deficit-based language
    describing a personal trait. If we begin
    by negating people’s experiences of
    home, we take our first steps on the
    pathway towards responsive housing
    service for some of society’s most
    vulnerable citizens with a focus on
    their shortfalls rather than their
    strengths. As scholars, we have the
    ability to shift that language and
    imagery. We have powerful teachings
    and guiding forces that drive our work

    • our guiding lights. These lights, when focused on with intention, lead us to carefully consider how we share information and ideas with others. When we shift to a person-centred approach to research and communication, we evolve, we do things differently, and can take those first few steps off what may have been the wrong path toward housing: “I have a home…I’m unhoused” (Park, 2016).

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