— CLACKAMAS —AARP awarded more than $25,000 to three Oregon community projects with Community Challenge Grants. “These are ‘quick-action’ projects that spark change in local communities,” said state director Jerry Cohen. The grant program, now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The three Oregon Challenge Grant winners include: $10,000 to Verde to focus on mobile home repairs in the Cully neighborhood of Portland $7,000 to the …

— “You didn’t even know us, and you came and provided for us. We now live in paradise.” That message was delivered again and again during a late-April trip to Jamaica that took Food For The Poor donors from the beaches and rivers of Montego Bay to the inner-city gang garrisons of Kingston. Friends of Food For The Poor Marv and Ellie Walworth traveled 2,300 miles from Grand Junction, Colorado, to Jamaica for the third time since 2013, when they first …

— Fair Housing Act Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Lexington Lexington housing advocates hosted a 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act Celebration.  As a Bronze Sponsor, AARP Lexington volunteers had the opportunity to meet and discuss age-friendly/livable and housing community issues with local activists and leaders. The keynote address was delivered by Anna Maria Farías Assistant Secretary, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Executive Council Member Merrylyn Moran Smith joined with other local …

— AARP Livable Communities Charrette: Reimagining Urban Villages & Main Streets in San Jose NOTE: Although the charrette has ended, progress on the two sites continues to be made. Learn what’s evolving around the North 13th Street Business Corridor site HERE. Learn what’s evolving around the Berryessa/BART Urban Village site HERE. For questions or comments, please contact caaarp@aarp.org. Take part in a multi-day design event in your community! From April 30th – May 5th, AARP will host an AARP Livable Communities Charrette to …

— 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 …

— Boise Community Leaders Celebrated in Newest Title to AARP’s Where We Live: Communities for All Ages New Book Showcases 100+ Inspiring Ideas from America’s Community Leaders The creative work of Boise community leaders in Idaho is showcased in the second title in AARP’s Where We Live: Communities for All Ages series, now available for free. This edition shares new and inspiring solutions from community leaders across the nation who are responding to the most pressing needs of aging populations and …

— Two Oregon organizations, SquareOne Villages in Eugene and the Port Orford Main Street Revitalization Association, will receive the AARP Community Challenge funding.  the AARP project aims to create change and improve quality of life at the local level. “Great communities require careful planning and time,” said AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. “These quick action projects will give community leaders the motivation and momentum to create greater change.” “AARP received a tremendous response to …

— New York City tenants and taxpayers have reason to celebrate thanks to today’s City Council passage of Right to Counsel legislation that will provide all low-income tenants access to a lawyer in housing court. AARP applauds this first-in-the-nation legislation, which will make New York City a leader in preventing wrongful evictions– while dramatically reducing the cost to taxpayers for homeless shelters to house those wrongfully evicted. Thanks to the new bill, all tenants with incomes up to 200% of the …

—     Are you age 50+, a homeowner, and have an average household income of $40,000 or less? AARP Foundation is looking for your help!   AARP Foundation will be in Maine on July 24 to meet with local community members as they look to develop new programs that help assist older adults feel more secure financially and with their housing situation. In order to achieve this, AARP Foundation will be conducting focus groups (one hour) and 1-on-1 insight gathering interviews …

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— AARP Community Challenge Grant Program to Help Make Communities Better Places to Live for All Ages AARP is now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to make our communities great places to live for everyone. The application deadline is June 30, 2017 and all projects must be completed by November 1, 2017. All applications must be submitted through …