Livable Communities

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We know that it takes time to build great communities. But, we also believe that tangible improvements can spark long-term change. The AARP Community Challenge launched in 2017 to fund projects that build momentum to improve livability for all. We are excited to announce the program is back in 2021 for its fifth year and is currently accepting applications online through April 14, 5:00 p.m. PT.
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While 2020 was a year filled with uncertainty, municipalities and community organizations across Washington still managed to put older residents’ needs front and center. We welcomed two cities - Tacoma and Renton - to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, joining our previous cities of Seattle and Puyallup.  Several non-profit agencies also received grants to address crucial pandemic-related issues, such as food insecurity and telehealth.
Livable Drawing
From ride sharing to telehealth, funding focuses on community needs during COVID.
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Much of the Tacoma’s work focuses on pedestrian safety, rising rents and limited public transit. Last year it did major sidewalk repairs and installed hundreds of curb ramps.
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Application Deadline extended until mid-May
Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards and At-Large Council Member Lillian Hunter with age-friendly designation certificate.
A commitment to make the city more livable for people of all ages and abilities
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Undergoing a livability audit helped with improvements such as better signage and walkways.
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On a Saturday morning at the Olympia Senior Center, Linda Terry, the founder of Sharing Teens and Elders Project (STEP) is welcoming long-time and new participants for the day’s events. Committed volunteers are putting out snacks and coffee, while sneaking in praises for Linda’s unwavering dedication to bridge generations and foster a bond between elders and a caring group of local teens.
Where We Live Books
Community projects in Seattle, Olympia, and Renton are recognized for their efforts to create more livable communities in AARP's " Where We Live: Communities for All Ages" 3rd edition.  Our Washington communities are among more than 100 articles that feature the many ways communities across the nation are becoming great places to live for people of all ages.
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Communities across Washington are working each and every day to become more livable for residents of all ages.
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