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Ogden, UT

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2018

Project Category: Innovative home maintenance, repair and support services

Description: As part of long-term revitalization efforts, community leaders have worked to provide safe, quality housing options for low-income families, older adults and veterans living in Ogden's Jefferson Park neighborhood. To build momentum for the initiative, Habitat for Humanity recruited 1,400 volunteers, who completed nearly 70 home repair and renovation projects over a 16-week period. Their work included roof repairs, ramp, deck and fencing installations and yardwork. Additionally, volunteers made upgrades to a popular playground. Organizers say the project restored a sense of neighborhood pride and inspired ongoing improvements, including plans to build affordable housing and renovate a community center in the neighborhood.

Salt Lake City, UT

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Engaging people in transportation options/safety

Description: The Transit Together initiative invited residents at two low-income, older adult communities to use public transit to get to the grocery store. Over the course of three weeks, project organizers assisted groups of older adults -- including those with mobility issues -- as they navigated the Trax light rail system's routes and fare collection system. To help them run errands via transit, the County Aging and Adult Services office offered each participant a grocery caddy and a monthly senior transit pass. At the end of the program, 22 out of 32 participants reported they would use public transit in the future. In addition, several volunteer-resident pairs planned to continue making grocery trips together. Project organizers report that other service providers throughout Utah have since reached out to find out how they can implement similar educational programs in their communities.

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