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Philadelphia, PA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Developing projects based on residents' priorities

Description: To help reconnect Chinatown neighborhoods divided by the creation of the Vine Street Expressway, this project invited older residents to provide input in reimagining the public space through a pop-up event.

Lexington, KY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Developing projects based on residents' priorities

Description: To strengthen relations between grandparents and grandchildren, this project staged events at which attendees could plant trees and flower bulbs or buildfree mini libraries(or both) in locations across Kentucky.

Syracuse, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Developing projects based on residents' priorities

Description: This project will install projectors and screens to expand the type and variety of programming, events and activities that can be provided to residents at six public housing buildings for older adults and people with disabilities.

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Chula Vista, CA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Public or private transit access

Description: The City of Chula Vista wanted to increase older adults' familiarity with public transit options. Partnering with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, they held Travel Training 101 courses with more than forty older residents. Instructors provided trainees with information on how to read transit schedules, plan trips and purchase fares. Then they held field trips, using transit to visit a community festival and the Norman Park Senior Center. Additionally, participants received a 30-day senior transit pass. Following the training, participants said they felt more comfortable using transit, with 83 percent planning to renew their passes. One said she realized that the 20-minute bus ride between their home and the Senior Center saved her 62 a month. Previously she paid 40 round trip by taxi at least twice monthly.

San Diego, CA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project helped transform a vacant lot in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood into a vibrant gathering space for residents of all ages. To encourage community members of the dense, diverse neighborhood to connect with each other, the Community Development Corporation installed art at the new public space. Since this activation, the space continues to provide a spot for artists to display their work. Project organizers say although the installation was intended to be temporary, it reinforced the value of creating similar community spaces in the future.

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