— By Laura Mecoy Michael Achkar thought he had the perfect solution when he built a small house for his father in the backyard of his Capitola home. Then Achkar encountered one of the many challenges Californians face as the state seeks to expand housing: Connecting the separate unit to a water supply would cost more than $24,000 for fees and the installation of a new meter—requirements of his local water district, which has serious supply issues. Because of the high …

— AARP New Hampshire announces its winner for the first-ever AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community level.  The winner in New Hampshire is the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition in Conway.  Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “Great communities require careful planning and time, but quick action projects such as the one in Conway can …