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St. Petersburg, FL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Innovative home maintenance, repair and support services

Description: The Dream Center works with low-income families throughout Pinellas County, focusing on improving safety and livability for older adults in their homes. This project made home repairs and accessibility modifications to 25 houses, including widening doors and installing grab bars, chair lifts, wheelchair ramps, handrails and toilet seat lifts. Project organizers say these repairs shielded families from facing potentially expensive fines for code violations. The Dream Center also provided food assistance and hygiene items to older adults. Today the Center continues to provide home modification assistance through its Adopt A Block program.

Seattle, WA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Innovative home maintenance, repair and support services

Description: The project will permanently establish the organization's CAPABLE program, which provides access to occupational therapists and registered nurses who do home assessments and develop a workplan to help older clients continue to live independently.

Houston, TX

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Innovative home maintenance, repair and support services

Description: To support its Chore Corps program, Interfaith Ministries purchased a trailer and outfitted it with tools. The organization's volunteers can borrow the tools to assist older adults with household chores and yard work, helping them age in place in their homes. Through the Chore Corps program, volunteers are each paired with an older adult, who they visit on a weekly basis. In addition, the organization distributed more than 80 space heaters to older adults.

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La Crosse, WI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Roadway/sidewalks/crosswalk improvement

Description: This project will revitalize a frequently used route and make it more accessible to residents aged 50 by adding improvements such as a new crosswalk with art, a covered bus shelter and seats, light posts with decorative banners and other amenities.

La Crosse, WI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Accessibility of amenities

Description: Cia Siab -- a nonprofit serving the local Hmoob community -- wanted to ensure its community center was accessible to people of all ages and abilities. But the stairs at the building's entrance posed a challenge to community elders who use wheelchairs, scooters or other mobility devices. To fix this, the City of La Crosse installed two ramps. The center offers programming to the community, including Hmoob language camp, women's circle and elders program. Access to the site is especially important for Hmong elders, who often struggle with depression, PTSD and social isolation due to their experiences of war, displacement and loss. Since installing the ramps, the City has looked for other community spaces that would benefit from accessibility upgrades.

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