Urban housing, social connections, and COVID-19

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Geographies of Access: Inclusion and Pathways
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Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 31
Organizers: Meg Holden
Chairs: Meg Holden


While access to housing in contemporary cities is restricted for those without high income, further restricted access to social connections often affect those living in affordable housing. Overlain upon these complex dynamics of access and inclusion is the sudden and different experience of home and neighbourhood for lower income urban households with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentations offered in this situation, from interdisciplinary and community-engaged researchers based in Vancouver, Canada, attempt to shed new light and understanding on key evolving questions related to housing vulnerability; social connections, neighbourly relationships and participation in community; and reflections upon the social resilience impacts of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on lower income adults largely confined to their homes in the city. The research represents a diverse set of methods, from literature review to survey-based to dialogic and arts-based approaches, and includes foci on community housing dwellers, older adults, and participants with physical disabilities. Through our shared exploration of emerging understandings of housing security and vulnerability, solitude and loneliness, social connection and safety, and other related dynamics, we seek to reflect together on the emerging understandings of housing and social participation access before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in Vancouver.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Yushu Zhu*, Simon Fraser University, Ellie Han*, Simon Fraser University, Steve Kim*, , Meg Holden, Simon Fraser University, Ryan Lai*, SFU, Toward a better understanding of housing vulnerability in Canada 15 1:30 PM
Presenter Thomas Jenkins*, Simon Fraser University, Muhammad Qureshi, Simon Fraser University, Atiya Mahmood, Simon Fraser University, Ghazaleh Akbarnejad, Simon Fraser University, Rahil Adeli, Simon Fraser University, A Conceptual Expansion on How to Promote Social Participation: Narrowing in on the Intersections of Disability and Housing for Low-Income Older Adults 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Callista Ottoni*, University of British Columbia, Meghan Winters, Simon Fraser University, Loneliness, solitude and connection: urban dwelling older adults’ experiences during the first-wave of the COVID-19 pandemic 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Ghazaleh Akbarnejad*, Simon Fraser University, Lainey Martin, Undergraduate student, Simon Fraser University, Meg Holden, Professor, Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University, Atiya Mahmood, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University, Meghan Winters, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University, Neighbourly feelings in affordable housing and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: results of a survey and next steps for a partnership 15 2:15 PM
Discussant Robert Wilton McMaster University 15 2:30 PM

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