Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Print
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Lead Agency: United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Action Plan Download
Pittsburgh developed its action plan as a roadmap to building equitable, age-inclusive neighborhoods across the city and greater county region. The plan builds on longtime work of local leaders and pushes the envelope of what is possible when residents listen and work together. Pittsburgh's initiative is organized into three groups: People (reimagine the experience of aging), Community (create opportunities for engagement across generations), and Culture (change perceptions and combat ageism). The plan focuses on changing day to day experiences for community members, as well as making age-friendly improvements to community institutions and society at large.
Action Plan Highlights
HousingChampion unique, local housing solutions that enable people to live at home as long as possible by expanding home modification and maintenance solutions, promoting affordable ideas, cutting-edge smart home technology and environmental upgrade, innovation like EcoVillages.
Communication and InformationGrow existing technology programs for older adults to offer one-on-one training in both basic and advanced topics, and drop-in hours at popular locations, promoting these resources through non-digital channels.Grow existing technology programs for older adults to offer one-on-one training in both basic and advanced topics, and drop-in hours at popular locations, promoting these resources through non-digital channels.
TransportationEmpower residents to advocate for better sidewalk accessibility, traffic calming measures and other improvements that make streets and trails safer and more comfortable for all generations.
Progress Report Download
Pittsburgh and Allegheny County's age-friendly progress report focuses on three primary areas: improving access to transportation and housing options, combatting social isolation and loneliness through intergenerational connection, and empowering people of all ages and abilities through continued innovation. The community has expanded and upgraded its pedestrian infrastructure, advocated for a complete streets policy, and developed an online tool to help residents better navigate their transportation options. Greater Pittsburgh has also engaged in a series of workshops on neighborhood-level age-friendly community building, developing a replicable toolkit that can be used all across the region. In response to the challenges of COVID-19, age-friendly partners teamed up to use paratransit vehicles to move food and supplies, delivering more than 50,000 meals and 5,000 boxes of PPE.