The Housing First Photovoice Projects have consisted of two Photovoice studies: an original study in 2016 and a follow-up study in 2018.

Photovoice 1.0


Original study that highlights the transition from homelessness to housing through participation in Housing First.

Photovoice 2.0


Follow-up study that focuses on the continued recovery from homelessness and on the process of community reintegration.

Housing First Photovoice Projects History

From March to May 2016, Housing First clients took photographs that represented issues and aspects of their experiences that were important to them. Through weekly group discussions, they shared their photographs with each other and discussed their experiences. Together the group conducted thematic analysis on the photos and reported the findings through exhibits, papers, and reports.

In July 2016, the Photovoice group held an exhibit at Honolulu Hale in collaboration with the Institute for Human Services, the City of Honolulu, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Social Sciences. The exhibit was well attended by local politicians and community members.

The Photovoice group continued to meet throughout 2017 to co-author a research article that reported findings from the Photovoice study. The article was published in the American Journal for Community Psychology in January 2018.

In December 2017, the group received a Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) Community Mini-Grant to conduct a follow-up Photovoice study. The study took place between August and November of 2018.

In November 2018 - January 2019, both the original and follow-up study's work was displayed in back-to-back exhibits at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Hamilton Library.

This website features photos from this follow-up study and original study.