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Published Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 2:35 PM EST
For more than 20 years L’Abri en Ville has helped keep former mental health patients off the streets by providing people with an apartment, roommates, and a support network.
Yale-educated architect George Harris has an impressive portfolio but his promising career was cut short by schizophrenia.
“I went to work for three years then I was hospitalized,” said Harris.
He continues to deal with his condition but has help from friends, two roommates who also struggle with mental illness.
Harris said living in an apartment in NDG with others makes life much easier.
“The friendship aspect of things is incredible. I lived alone for three years and I wouldn’t recommend that to anybody, much less a person with mental illness.”
L’Abri en Ville has established 10 apartments throughout Montreal, so that roommates — always three to a home — can help each other live independent lives.