AARP Community Challenge 2017: Santa Cruz, California

The AARP Community Challenge funds “quick-action” projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for people of all ages. PROJECT: Helping build an ADA-compliant ADU  An increasing number of older adults are at risk of losing their homes. The top reasons why are housing costs and/or living in homes that are unsuitable for aging in place. According to David Foster, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay, 300 families in the high-cost Santa Cruz area are income-burdened. The Habitat for …

All Hands on Deck: AARP Among a Growing Field of Industry Leaders Tackling Housing Issues

  Within the span of less than 10 days in January, two tech giants made headlines by announcing separate initiatives to tackle a serious problem in America: housing affordability. A $500 million pledge from Microsoft consists of loans for the preservation and creation of low-income and middle-income housing.  The investment also includes funding to address homelessness. Meanwhile, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, is leading a group of companies and organizations in creating two …

Disrupting Housing: Younger Generations Leading the Way to Develop a Model for Ageless Homes

Every person, regardless of age, can participate in creating a livable community. According to a newly published report from Generations United and the Eisner Foundation, opportunities that bring different generations together—even the tougher ones involving “tack[ling] critical problems” benefit the entire community. Though somewhat counterintuitive, finding solutions to meet the needs of older adults must involve voices and collaboration coming from people of all ages. Various generations offer different perspectives, and in fact, people of all ages gain value from …