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Iowa City, IA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Housing Choice Design Competitions

Description: The project will stage a competition for children age 17 and younger, who will design Lego replicas of accessory dwelling units to promote the housing type as an affordable option for older adults.

Tampa, FL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Housing Choice Design Competitions

Description: This project will promote accessory dwelling units as an affordable, accessible housing option through a design competition. Teams from local architecture firms, as well as participants from high school and college architecture programs, will present their ADU designs.

Fresno, CA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Housing Choice Design Competitions

Description: Funding will support a competition that will invite local students and the design, construction and engineering community to design a sustainable accessory dwelling unit that can be used in a multigenerational setting.

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Tucson, AZ

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: City officials set out to revitalize the underused Francisco Elias Esquer Park, located around the corner from a large public housing community for older adults in Tucson's Barrio Blue Moon neighborhood. To address the needs of locals with disabilities, volunteers installed a wheelchair accessible walking path, benches and a dog comfort station for service animals. They also added passive water harvesting basins to draw birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. At a planting party for community members -- one of several events to publicize the new amenities -- neighbors spent a day digging in the dirt and enjoying a renewed sense of community.

Tucson, AZ

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: The Blue Moon Community Garden in Tucson is located next a 17-story apartment building with hundreds of residents, many of whom are older adults. However, the garden lacked shade and amenities, including public bathrooms and benches, which discouraged potential volunteers. Community Gardens of Tucson, which manages twenty gardens across the city, installed tables, benches and pop-up shade structures. They also built raised garden beds, improved pathways and added a compostable toilet onsite. The improvements allow garden to offer more diverse programming for community members, which has led to more volunteer engagement.

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