Brighter Days Committee

The Brighter Days Committee is a group of consumer/survivors of the mental health system who are current and/or former Habitat tenants with a passion for change, equal rights, and affordable supportive housing. The committee acts as an advisory group to the Habitat Board of Directors. The goal of the committee is to improve tenant welfare and quality of life, and to increase tenant involvement in Habitat activities and decision-making.

The Brighter Days Committee was established in 2005. Over the years, the committee has expanded and now holds monthly meetings with regular members. New members are also welcome!

What Have We Done So Far?

  • In 2006, members gave vital feedback to the “Build a Better Boarding Home” project, the Habitat Development Committee’s action research project about what works, what needs improvement, and what a better boarding home might look like
  • In 2007, the Brighter Days Committee developed a document entitled “20 Questions About Habitat Services” for the 20th anniversary of the agency
  • In 2008, the committee was instrumental in producing a Welcome Guide for Tenants Living in Habitat-funded boarding homes
  • In 2008-09, the Brighter Days Committee launched a newsletter, The Habitat Quarterly. The committee published 4 issues of the newsletter which featured members’ stories and creative writing
  • In 2009, the committee vetted a tenant complaint process for Habitat tenants
  • In 2009-10, members were consulted for the community research project, Breaking Ground: Peer Support Work in Congregate Living Settings
  • In 2010, members initiated a recycling education project for tenants in Habitat funded homes
  • In 2012, the Brighter Days Committee was consulted as part of a review of the Habitat contract standards
  • In 2013, members launched a new annual publication and participated in a tenant satisfaction survey project

To join the Brighter Days Committee, please contact Chris Persaud at