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2022 AARP Livable Communities Workshop: Housing for People of All Ages

Thank you to all who joined us on September 21 and 22

After the Workshop

Transcripts and video recordings of the 2022 AARP Livable Communities Housing Workshop will be posted to this page on or before October 12, 2022. 

We'll send a reminder out via that day's issue of the free, weekly AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter. (If you aren’t yet a subscriber, sign up today at

Information about the speakers and topics featured during the now-completed two-day event can be found by scrolling down this page.

Housing needs change as we age, but it’s possible for our homes and communities to be livable for people of all ages and life stages.

This free, online workshop will bring together local leaders, housing practitioners, and AARP staff and volunteers to explore how communities nationwide can provide safe, affordable housing options for individuals and families of all backgrounds, incomes and abilities.

Through four core themes — Housing Choice, Design, Stability, and Equity — the workshop will share best practices, insights and inspiring next steps for meeting the housing needs of a changing nation. 

Day 1: Wednesday, September 21

Keynote Interview

  • Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (click here for full biography)

  • Moderator: Rosanna Márquez is a member of the AARP Board of Directors. She was formerly the Midwest regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Community Video Showcase

Plenary Panel: Housing Choice

A discussion about efforts to diversify housing choices in order to provide more options for meeting the needs of people of all ages, abilities and incomes.

Innovation Showcase

Featuring speedy presentations by livability experts, local leaders and community volunteers.

Plenary Panel: Housing Design

A discussion of efforts to design housing for people of all ages and ability levels, especially for older adults and residents with disabilities. 

  • Jennifer Molinsky is project director of the Housing and Aging Society Program at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. She leads research on housing challenges facing an aging population. 

  • Cynthia Shonaiya is an architect with 30 years of experience spanning three continents. She is the senior living market sector leader at the design firm Hord Coplan Macht

  • ModeratorBandana Shrestha is the state director of AARP Oregon.

Community Video Showcase

Fireside Conversation: State Leaders Taking Action

  • Susan DeMarois was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to serve as the director of the California Department of Aging. She is preparing the state for the year 2030, by which time 1 in 4 Californians will be age 60 or older. 

  • Justin Wayne was elected to the Nebraska State Senate in 2016. He introduced the state's "Municipal Density and Missing Middle Housing Act," which was adopted in 2020.

  • Moderator: Todd Stubbendieck is the State Director of AARP Nebraska.


Optional Discussion Salons

ADUs Across America

  • Kol Peterson, Casita Coalition (California)
  • Gail Kohn, Office of the Deputy Mayor, Health & Human Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Kay Sibetta, AARP Georgia
  • Caitlin Hillyard, AARP Livable Communities

Multi-Disciplinary, Universal and Age-Friendly Design

  • Richard Duncan, RL Mace Universal Design Institute
  • Elicia Ratajczyk, Colorado State University’s Institute for the Built Environment
  • Erica Wood, Arlington, Virginia, Commission on Aging
  • Kelly McDonough, Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging
  • Sarah Dale, AARP Livable Communities 

Housing Diversity and Affordability in Your Community

  • Sue Beck-Ferkiss, City of Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Cathy Rowe, New Jersey Advocates for Aging Well
  • Bill Armbruster, AARP Livable Communities  

Day 2: Thursday, September 22

Keynote Address

  • Sara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect and attorney, Cornell University professor, founder of Desegregate Connecticut, creator of the National Zoning Atlas and the leader of a zoning overhaul in Hartford, Connecticut. (In addition to the linked websites, please also see “Zoning by a Thousand Cuts,” a research paper outlining the findings of the Connecticut Zoning Atlas, the first completed statewide zoning map.)  

Community Video Showcase

Plenary Panel: Housing Stability

Learn about efforts to increase housing stability, enhance the stock of affordable housing, and reduce evictions and homelessness.

  • Diane Yentel is the president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

  • Liz Osborn is the vice president for public policy advocacy at Enterprise Community Partners. She has spent 15 years shaping policy and media strategy on Capitol Hill, in the executive branch of the federal government and in the international nonprofit sector.

  • Moderator: Tina Tran is the state director for AARP Texas

Innovation Showcase

Speedy presentations by livability experts, local leaders and community volunteers.

Plenary Panel: Housing Equity

A discussion about ensuring fair and equitable access to housing — and addressing the impact of past discriminatory housing practices.

Community Video Showcase

Fireside Conversation: Local Leaders Taking Action

Mayors and local leaders are taking action to make historic investments in housing using funds from the "American Rescue Plan Act."

  • Justin Bibb is the 58th Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. His vision is for Cleveland to become a national model for city management, police reform and neighborhood revitalization.   


Optional Discussion Salons

Cross-Sector Collaboration for Housing Solutions

  • Rachel Peller, Wisconsin Partners
  • Kendra Knighten, Idaho Voices for Children and Idaho Asset Building Network
  • Eric Alexander, Vision Long Island (New York)
  • Bill Armbruster, AARP Livable Communities

More Than a Home: Housing Stability to Bring Community Stability

  • Cassondra Warney, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Andrea Pelto, Sparks Senior Citizens Advisory Committee (Nevada)
  • Ashley Gurvitz, United Northeast CDC (Indiana)
  • Mandla Moyo, AARP Livable Communities 

Perspectives in Advancing Housing Policy Change

  • Ashleigh McGuire Dunsmoor, Fayette Alliance (Kentucky)
  • Daniel Mckenna-Foster, Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska
  • Amy DeVries and Yvonne Martin, Congregations Acting for Justice and Empowerment (Indiana)
  • Sarah Dale, AARP Livable Communities 

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