— New York City tenants and taxpayers have reason to celebrate thanks to today’s City Council passage of Right to Counsel legislation that will provide all low-income tenants access to a lawyer in housing court. AARP applauds this first-in-the-nation legislation, which will make New York City a leader in preventing wrongful evictions– while dramatically reducing the cost to taxpayers for homeless shelters to house those wrongfully evicted. Thanks to the new bill, all tenants with incomes up to 200% of the …

—     Are you age 50+, a homeowner, and have an average household income of $40,000 or less? AARP Foundation is looking for your help!   AARP Foundation will be in Maine on July 24 to meet with local community members as they look to develop new programs that help assist older adults feel more secure financially and with their housing situation. In order to achieve this, AARP Foundation will be conducting focus groups (one hour) and 1-on-1 insight gathering interviews …

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— AARP Community Challenge Grant Program to Help Make Communities Better Places to Live for All Ages AARP is now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to make our communities great places to live for everyone. The application deadline is June 30, 2017 and all projects must be completed by November 1, 2017. All applications must be submitted through …

— Livable Communities include a choice of affordable housing – row houses, multi-plexes, cottages — all smaller units that are affordable. AARP Oregon, AIA – Southwest Oregon, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Better Eugene Springfield Transportation (BEST), Transportation Growth Management Program, held a Livability Solutions Forum: The Future of Housing on April 12. The event focused on exploring how Lane County can create more housing options. Nationally known architect and urbanist Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc., who coined the term “Missing …

— East Lansing is the fourth Michigan city to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The city is drafting a plan to make the city more livable, with accessible transportation and housing, walkable streets and other quality-of-life improvements. The neighboring city of Lansing joined the network in 2015. The age-friendly designation means a city has committed to improving factors such as transportation, public spaces, health services and social inclusion for people of all ages, according to guidelines established by the …

— With the tax filing deadline looming, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) is reminding district residents they may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $1,000 to help with housing costs. Available to both homeowners and renters, the credit could help some residents avoid eviction, foreclosure or utility shutoffs. Once available only to people with up to $20,000 adjusted gross income per year, the credit has been extended to those with up to $50,000 a year—or $60,000 …

— In a recent AARP survey, Augusta residents 50 and older said key factors in deciding where to live as they age include quality housing, affordability, safety and being close to family. Other needs reported by respondents included information about community services; low-cost social and recreational opportunities; safe, accessible sidewalks; and separate pathways for bicyclists and pedestrians on area roadways. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities aims to help cities, towns and rural areas become more “livable.” A livable community is …

— Nearly 300 housing developers, authorities, financiers and advocates gathered at the Westin Hotel today for the annual Maine Affordable Housing Conference. AARP Maine is proud to sponsor this important event both as a member of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) and as a partner in our housing advocacy including successful passage of the Senior Affordable Housing Bond by the bipartisan legislature and 70% of Maine voters as Question 2 on the 2015 state ballot.   Keynote speaker Diane Yentel …

— On October 6 and 7th,  AARP Oregon, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland for Everyone and Urban Land Institute hosted Housing and Neighborhood for All: Affordability, Accessibility and the “Missing Middle,” a three-part event series focused on exploring how the Portland metro region can create more housing options, identifying barriers and challenges to more innovative housing that support residents across age, ability and income spectrums and how “missing middle housing” can be instrumental in building successful multi-generational communities. Nationally known architect and urbanist Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design, …

— Join AARP Oregon, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Portland for Everyone and Urban Land Institute for an engaging morning of dialog about housing, land use and creating communities for all ages. Learn about “Missing Middle Housing” from the man who coined the term — nationally known architect and urbanist Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc. Daniel will describe the full range of Missing Middle Housing options and trends in America’s residential landscape that often limit housing choice. Local experts will discuss housing trends, challenges and barriers to aging in community and …