It's inadequate. Typically it relies on faith-based or community-based organizations to fill that need. It comes from people in recovery or from a particular religious or philosophical point of view who see this as an important service to the community and that indeed these individuals are worth investing in.
I think the recovery community is probably one of the stronger proponents, but it's hard for them to raise funding to provide these services. That's where working with developers, people who have housing stock who can be convinced that this is a good investment...if you're providing support to people who are transitioning into recovery or support for people in need, they're less likely to damage the property. They have income support from social services. There's a way of making this more of a wraparound approach using existing resources in the community if people can be brought together at the same table. I appreciate that Health doesn't want to buy houses, but they can provide programming to some of these residences.
We're seeing this very successfully with people who have HIV, with people struggling with mental health and addiction problems. There are mental health group homes in many communities, but we don't see a lot of addiction group homes that are effectively recovery homes. We tend to leave that to the community-based organizations rather than having them facilitated through our health care system.