Livable Communities

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Kansas City, Missouri—Today, AARP Missouri announced four organizations throughout the state will receive 2022 Community Challenge grants – part of the largest group of grantees to date with $3.4 million awarded among 260 organizations nationwide. Grantees will implement quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long-term by improving public places; transportation; housing; diversity, equity and inclusion; digital access; and civic engagement, with an emphasis on the needs of adults age 50 and over.
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As part of its Livable Communities initiative, AARP Missouri is helping to update a Metro Link light rail stations in the region—adding seasonal plantings, shade canopies and other improvements. Additional livability projects include an exercise park and a push for expanded high-speed internet.
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Applications are currently being accepted through March 22, 2022, 5:00 p.m. ET.
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Four groups in Missouri received 2021 Community Challenge grants from AARP for projects to make their areas more livable. 
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Over the past year, AARP Kansas City partnered with the Westside Housing Organization and Emerging Builders to combat the affordable housing issue in the city and remodel a home in the Lykins neighborhood.
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These organizations will provide immediate improvements to their communities and jumpstart long-term change.
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AARP is working to make communities across Missouri more livable for residents of all ages. It’s supporting revamped transit stops, the installation of exercise equipment in public parks to promote healthy living, and a home renovation designed to let older adults live independently for as long as possible.
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What is Livability? A livable community is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing, diverse transportation options, and supportive community features and services. Once in place, these resources enhance the personal independence and health of community residents and enable residents of all ages to engage in a community's civic, economic and social life. Policy makers at the federal, state and local levels play a huge role in designing and maintaining cities, towns and neighborhoods so they are active places where residents of all ages can live, work and play.
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AARP Community Challenge grants have funded two projects in the Kansas City area.
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