Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Age-friendly City Project to Meet on Housing Wednesday

Tomorrow, Wednesday the 21st, the age-friendly city initiative meets again, this time on "housing."

From the blurb:
On Wednesday, March 21, from 2–4 p.m. at Center 50+, the City will host a panel discussion on Housing issues for Salem's older adults. This will be the fourth in a series of meetings discussing livability in Salem as part of Salem's Age-Friendly Initiative. Community members are encouraged to attend and participate.

The event will kick off with an overview of Housing in Age-Friendly Communities from Bandana Shrestha, Community Engagement Director for AARP Oregon. Panel presenters will include Breezy Aguirre, Community Resource Program Coordinator for ARCHES, Cassandra Hutchinson, Lead ADRC Specialist at Northwest Senior and Disability Services, and Bryan Colbourne, Planner in the City of Salem Community Development Department. A community conversation to share experiences and ideas will follow the panel discussion.

How do we meet housing needs as Salem's population ages? Join the conversation as we discuss the many ways accessible and affordable housing can contribute to making Salem a livable community for all ages.
More specifically, the meeting announcement calls out the following topics:
  • Affordability
  • Essential services
  • Design
  • Modifications
  • Maintenance
  • Access to services
  • Community and family connections
  • Housing options
  • Living environment
Several of these directly and indirectly imply transportation: "Essential services," "access to services," "community and family connections," and "living environment."

But without talking about the way we deploy housing in space - and that means zoning and bus schedules and road design - we can't really talk about housing. Flights of stairs matter, but so does distance to the nearest grocery store.

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