Albuquerque, New Mexico Print
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Lead Agency: Department of Senior Affairs (DSA)
Action Plan Download
Albuquerque developed its action plan through a team led by the Department of Senior Affairs. Developed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the action plan is centered around working with the city's Emergency Operations Center to close the gap in services around the community as senior centers and other facilities were closed due to the public health emergency. The plan focuses on providing meals and care services for older adults, as well as information, support for businesses, and support for families, including childcare for essential workers. As Albuquerque has navigated the pandemic, all city departments completed age-friendly commitment statements detailing their age-friendly work throughout city operations and governance, providing an inventory of age-friendly programs and initiatives, and referencing age-friendly work whenever possible.
Action Plan Highlights
Respect and InclusionPromote inclusiveness in public events by providing free and accessible transportation for people with disabilities to participate in advisory boards and committees and promote citywide use of age-inclusive language.
Health and Community ServicesIncrease the number of medical professionals able to provide care for older adults by developing strategies to recruit and retain medical providers, provide outreach to medical professionals through the Economic Development Department's (EDD) Boomerang initiative, and include healthcare as a target industry for workforce development services through the city's EDD.
HousingIncrease affordable housing stock by building awareness of regulatory updates to the city's Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) incentivizing affordable housing developments and promoting Cottage Developments (small, affordable communal living options), conduct community planning assessments for ADUs in specific areas in the city, update the city's Universal Design brochure and website, and increase awareness of Universal Design principles among developers and construction firms.