A new publication for local leaders
July 13, 2022
Livable Communities Newsletter
Publications & Resources
A New (Free!) AARP Publication
A growing body of evidence reveals that older adults are disproportionately impacted during disasters. That has profound implications for emergency management, especially as natural disasters and extreme weather events become more common and severe. Created in collaboration with FEMA, this 44-page, photo- and strategy-filled AARP publication is a guide for how local leaders can reduce the risks and better protect older adults.
ORDER OR DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE
After The Storm
For residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, readiness and relationships were keys to survival in 2017, when two massive hurricanes — Irma and then Maria — devastated the Caribbean islands. Read the first-person accounts of the two AARP state directors who prepared for, lived through and helped their communities recover from a season of unprecedented weather.
READ ABOUT RESILIENCE
Livability News & Notes
Less Parking Could Mean More Housing
— Citing environmental concerns and a lack of housing, an increasing number of cities — and some West Coast states — are reconsidering mandates that all homes, offices and businesses offer a minimum number of parking spots for residents, workers and customers.
— Single-room occupancy units have largely disappeared from American cities. However, a Philadelphia council member has introduced legislation to legalize one of the most affordable forms of housing for low-income people.
A Winning Home Design Can Be a Game-Changer After a Disaster
— Architecture students at Texas A&M University designed a hurricane-ready accessory dwelling unit that features FEMA-fortified home building standards, and a renewable power source in case the utility grid goes down. The home, called “Prairie Dwelling 360,” was the student category winner in the ADU | HOU Design Competition funded by a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant.
Houston Style Magazine
P.S. See the design and more in the
publication and our
AARP Community Challenge Photo Album
FREE ONLINE EVENT: July 19, 2022, 1 pm (ET)
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the
Lighting for Pedestrian Safety
webinar will report on the latest research about street lighting and provide an overview of the department's new
Pedestrian Lighting Primer
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