Livable Communities

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42% of New Jersey homeowners and 36% of renters 50 and older considered leaving the state in the past year.
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The annual program aims to make local communities in New Jersey more livable.
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AARP Makes Long-term Investment in Perth Amboy’s Health with New AARP Sponsored Outdoor Fitness Park
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AARP awards community grants to five New Jersey organizations as part of another record-breaking year for nationwide program 
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Statement from the Age-Friendly New Jersey Leadership Summit’s Convening Committee
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Funds for Cooks & Books came from one of 184 grants awarded to localities and organizations nationwide last year, including three in New Jersey, through the fourth annual AARP Community Challenge. The grants fund small projects that help make localities more livable for everyone,
Febuary 8th 2020, Dunellen, NJ, Jason F. Cilento, Mayor of Dunellen, with a grant from AARP to bulid benches in Columbia Park, which were really needed for the community. Photography Christopher Lane/AARP
Grants go toward New Jersey towns to bring safer streets in Teaneck, new outdoor seating in Dunellen, and a parklet in Westwood.
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Applications are currently being accepted through Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:59 p.m. ET.
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The vast majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. That's why AARP's Livable Communities work encourages communities to welcome housing options and develop homes that are accessible to residents and guests of all ages and abilities. Across the United States, however, there is a mismatch between the available housing stock and what the market wants and needs. This is partly due to shifting demographics, such as a rapidly aging population and shrinking household sizes, and partly due to the growing demand for walkable living.
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