Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Outcomes: 2023 Pacific Rim Conference Accessible and Affordable Housing Discussion

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Genesis Leong
Kelle L. Murphy


accessible housing, affordable housing, intellectual disability, developmental disability, policy


How do we understand the challenges, and policy driven advocacy approaches for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities seeking housing?  Using community-based participatory research (CBPR), researchers and advocates from the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa partnered with community organizations to discuss housing challenges during the 2022 and 2023 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity. The goal was to use CBPR approaches and discussions to develop data-driven strategies for policy makers. Discussion points included: government initiatives to address housing issues; post-pandemic economic development, State of Hawaiʻi housing policies, along with socioeconomic challenges among the intellectual disability and developmental disability (IDD) community. Outcomes from the discussion include the need for disability data, awareness of housing options, and community-based working groups.

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