Author: van Baarsen, Sarah
People with disabilities who make up nearly 25% of the population in British Columbia (BC) encounter barriers that hinder their full and equal participation in all aspects of society, including within the housing sector. Two housing crises are currently underway in BC – an affordability crisis and an accessibility crisis. Because of the combination of high costs and lack of suitable housing, people with disabilities are uniquely impacted by this problem. This study documents the barriers experienced by people with disabilities in relation to housing and their impact on people's quality of life. In order to analyze the policy problem, a literature review, evaluation of promising practices, and qualitative analysis of interview data was conducted, in which four policy options were determined and evaluated: (1) guiding principles for policy; (2) a province wide information campaign; (3) accessible modular housing; and (4) grants for housing providers. This study recommended all four of these options, in addition to the alignment of provincial, municipal, and non-governmental organizations mandates, and the improvement and development of standards that are focused on, and outline requirements for accessible housing.
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Thesis advisor: Hankivsky, Olena
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