In June, AARP awarded a total of $52,500 to three nonprofits and a government entity in Missouri, as a part of the 2023 Community Challenge grants. The program funds quick-action projects to help make communities more livable for people of all ages. This year's winners are dedicated to improving the walkability of neighborhoods, expanding community gardens, enhancing transportation and building more accessory dwelling units.
Missouri is battling a persistent gap between its high-speed internet haves and have-nots. State officials are seeking input on how to spend a windfall from Washington—of up to $1 billion—to expand broadband access.
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.
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.