Guided by principles of community-based participatory research, this paper presents the methodological process of conducting a senior-focused community mapping workshop with Housing First service providers in Metro Vancouver, Canada. Research participants mapped community services and amenities available to support seniors in maintaining housing and identified barriers and facilitators for accessing Housing First services and supports. Community mapping is an interactive method that provided researchers and participants with visualization of how resources are distributed across municipal regions. Findings from the mapping workshop are rich as they captured participants’ diverse descriptions and understandings of resource differences between and within communities; and revealed issues of accessibility, availability, and navigation of services and resources. Implications of this research include the utility of using mapping methods to identify the accessibility and availability of senior-specific housing resources as well as system gaps and weaknesses to inform policy recommendations and changes in practice.
|Number of pages||1|
|Journal||Innovation in Aging|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2017|
|Event||21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress 2017 - San Francisco, United States|
Duration: 23 Jul 2017 → 27 Jul 2017
Conference number: 21st
Canham, S. L., Battersby, L., Wada, M., Fang, M., Bell, R., & Sixsmith, A. (2017). COMMUNITY MAPPING WORKSHOPS TO IDENTIFY SENIOR-SPECIFIC HOUSING FIRST RESOURCES. Innovation in Aging, 1(suppl_1), 1077-1077. https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.3948