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Building Livable Communities for All Generations

October 31, 2023 11:30 am - 4:00 pm EDT


Building Livable Communities for All Generations

In an ever-changing world, the importance of creating environments that are safe, accessible, and inclusive for all ages and backgrounds cannot be overstated. Co-hosted by AARP and NHC, this forum dug deep into the principles of livable communities, exploring how they enhance personal independence, allow individuals to age comfortably and safely in their homes, and provide opportunities for all residents, regardless of background and ability, to engage fully in civic, economic, and social life.

During this forum, AARP unveiled its latest iteration of the AARP Livability IndexTM platform, an interactive resource that evaluates livability for neighborhoods across the United States. Attendees learned key components that make a community truly livable, from safe and walkable streets to age-friendly housing, accessible transportation options, and access to essential services.

Opening Remarks: HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman, Rodney Harrell, Ph.D, Vice President, Family, Home and Community for AARP, and David Dworkin, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference 

Opening the forum, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman shared with attendees the work the Administration is doing to create communities that are safe, accessible, and inclusive for all ages and backgrounds.

Unlocking Community Livability: A Discussion into the AARP Livability Index

AARP leaders unveiled the latest iteration of the AARP Livability Index website, a dynamic tool assessing neighborhood livability nationwide. The AARP Livability Index platform has many enhanced functionalities and allows individuals and families to leverage this resource to relocate to a new community and help their aging family members find a neighborhood that supports their specific needs. Then a diverse group of panelists discussed policy solutions, that address a variety of needs by bridging community gaps, enhancing overall livability, and catering to the desires and requirements that individuals and families want in their communities.

Moderator: Rodney Harrell, Ph.D., Vice President, Family, Home and Community, AARP
Angela Brooks, President, American Planning Association
Laura Poskin, Executive Director, Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh
Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Navigating Affordability and Vital Community Amenities in Today’s Real Estate Landscape 

Our expert panel dug into the ever-evolving landscape of housing trends, shedding light on the multifaceted challenges individuals and families face in their quest for affordable and fulfilling living arrangements. Attendees learned the realities of today’s housing market, including the needs and preferences of older adults, from the persistent struggle to find affordable housing options to the pursuit of communities that offer all the amenities and conveniences desired.

Moderator: David M. Dworkin, President and CEO, National Housing Conference
Bryan Greene, Vice President, Policy Advocacy, National Association of REALTORS®
Gerard J. Joab, Executive Director, St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center
Michael Wallace, Legislative Director, Housing, Community, and Economic Development, National League of Cities



October 31, 2023
11:30 am - 4:00 pm


National Press Club
529 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20045 United States
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