Using Person-Centered Language

In our work, we come across a lot of situations where people are identified as “the homeless.” We sometimes forget that homelessness is a housing status – and nothing more. It is a description of a situation and not a person.

Even when we try to be person-centered, it can be hard to know how to change the language we use.

We found a great guide that offers suggestions on how we can talk about housing stability in a person-centered way. Here is a link to this Language Guide. We hope you can use it as a tool for your direct support workers who walk alongside the people accessing your programs.

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