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Knoxville, TN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Lifelong housing and accessibility

Description: Family Promise of Knoxville's transitional housing program gives unhoused families a place to live while they get back on their feet. Many residents use the organization's Day Center to gather, access the internet, read and work on homework. But the communal space was dimly lit, which caused many residents to feel unsafe. To make the space more welcoming, organizers installed new light fixtures, as well as energy-efficient ceiling fans. They also installed doors to separate offices, a work room, computer lab and storage spaces. Organizers say they wanted to be sensitive to the trauma many families have experienced and hope the upgraded space gives residents dignity during their shelter stay.

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Chattanooga, TN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Digital navigation skills

Description: To help combat social isolation, the City of Chattanooga's Department of Youth and Family Development provided older adults with Chromebooks, mouses and hotspots to allow them to connect to the internet. Additionally, the City offered digital skills classes at several locations to help them use the devices. Project organizers say the COVID-19 pandemic limited opportunities for social interaction for many residents. This project provided vulnerable residents with internet access and know-how, allowing them to build and maintain interpersonal relationships.

Crossville, TN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project transformed an Obed River Park shelter into an outdoor classroom. Among other uses, Cumberland County Soil Conservation District held classes there on plant and pollinator identification and monarch butterfly gardening.

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