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Pensacola, FL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Accessory dwelling units, tiny homes and manufactured housing

Description: This project built twotiny houses. One housed a low-income older adult, the other became a model home to educate the community about the ways tiny houses can help alleviate the city's severe housing shortage.

Washington, DC

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Engaging residents in vibrant public places

Description: The large concrete plaza near the Van Ness Metrorail Station was barren and lifeless. Calling themselves the Van Ness Social Club, a group of residents and local organizations got together to create a temporary town square onsite. They created an invitation that read, in part: Get to know your neighbors at a good old fashioned social. We'll meet each other on the plaza...and learn some dance steps...drink tea, eat cake, play games...and have conversations with each other. The gathering featured life-sized checkers, dancing, free ice cream and yoga. After the plaza party, the newly acquainted neighbors were filled with ideas for future gatherings: a community potluck, a clothing swap meet, relay races, birthday parties, game nights, pizza nights and a Halloween party.

Minneapolis, MN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Improved wayfinding

Description: This project bolstered a network of mobility hubs -- spots around town that aid travelers -- with improved signage and seating. The City of Minneapolis hired local ambassadors to educate residents about their use.

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Casper, WY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Public or private transit access

Description: The Casper Area Transportation Coalition, the former transit provider for the region, aimed to provide better and safer service to bus riders traveling to and from the Hilltop Center. The bus stop serving those riders -- one of the most heavily-used in Casper -- consisted of nothing but an unprotected bench. To solve this, the Coalition erected a five-foot-by-10-foot shelter at the stop. The project also added a second bench to accommodate more riders. To cover unexpected costs, the coalition obtained a second grant from another organization to take the project over the finish line. In 2021, the City of Casper took over operation of the local bus service.

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