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Livable Communities

Six organizations in Illinois received 2023 AARP Community Challenge grants—totaling nearly $57,000. Projects included home modifications, intersection improvements and a community garden.
AARP Community Challenge grants have created new routes for enjoying the outdoors and improved accessibility, among other benefits for Illinois residents.
AARP is hitting the road to advocate for and educate Illinois residents about more affordable housing options.
A church in Chicago, a Peoria nonprofit, and the city of Urbana were among the AARP Community Challenge grant winners in Illinois.
A new ordinance that allows additional dwelling units, which are secondary structures built on existing lots, can help to alleviate social isolation by allowing older Chicagoans to live affordably near their families. 
AARP Illinois is leading an education campaign on accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to increase awareness of a new Chicago ordinance that permits the dwellings in five zones.
AARP & Elected Officials Meet For Legislative Breakfast
AARP Illinois today announced that two Illinois communities have been chosen as part of the 89 winners of the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level.
On June 12, 2017, Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed to work alongside the Chicago Department of Transportation and other leading organizations to prevent and eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries citywide by 2026. This initiative is Vision Zero Chicago.
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