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Assessing your community’s livability features is a good first step toward addressing residents’ needs. We have tools to assess your infrastructure (such as streets and sidewalks), to show you how your community ranks for livability, and to help your community achieve recognition for its outstanding features.

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AARP Livable Communities: An Evaluation Guide
This guide can serve as a tool for determining the livability features of a community. It includes step-by-step guidance on how to conduct a community survey with volunteers, sample survey questions, and checklists to help local officials identify issues of concern.

Pedestrian Safety and Mobility Guide (AARP and the Institute of Transportation Engineers)
This resource developed by AARP and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, is a practical guide to conducting a mobility and safety audit of streets and sidewalks in your community. The audit process is described along with checklists to evaluate streets and sidewalks.

Bike Friendly America Award Program (League of American Bicyclists)
The Bicycle Friendly America program provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities, universities and businesses that actively support bicycling, and ranks states annually based on their level of bike-friendliness.  Find information on how to be recognized for creating a bike friendly community along with an application.

Walk Friendly Communities National Recognition Program
Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program developed to encourage towns and cities across the U.S. to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments. The WFC program recognizes communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. Find more information and an application to be a Walk Friendly Community.

MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing
The MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing will recognize four properties and their sponsor organizations for excellence in development and operation of green senior independent living properties with $50,000 grants. Find more information, eligibility requirements, and an application.

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