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

Register now to join us on September 21 and 22 for this free online event

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. 

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  • All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time. (Please know that the sessions, schedule and participants may change.)

  • Innovation Showcases are speedy presentations by livability experts, local leaders and community volunteers.

  • Recordings of the workshop will be posted to this page a few weeks after the event. When the materials are ready, we’ll make the announcement in an upcoming issue of the free, weekly AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, please sign up today at

Day 1: Wednesday, September 21

1:00 – 1:10 pm:  Opening Remarks

1:10 – 1:40 pm:  Fireside ChatTo Be Announced

1:40 – 1:55 pm:  Innovation Showcase

1:55 – 2:25:  Plenary Panel: Housing Choice

The panelists will highlight efforts to diversify housing choices in order to provide more options for meeting the needs of people of all ages, abilities and incomes.

2:25 – 2:40:  Innovation Showcase

2:40 – 3:10:  Plenary Panel: Housing Design

Speakers will discuss 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.

3:10 – 3:25:  Innovation Showcase

3:25 – 3:55:  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.

3:55 – 4:00:  Closing Remarks

Day 2: Thursday, September 22

1:00 – 1:10:  Opening Remarks

1:10 – 1:40:  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.

1:40 – 1:55:  Innovation Showcase

1:55 – 2:25:  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

2:25 – 2:40:  Innovation Showcase

2:40 – 3:10:  Plenary Panel: Housing Equity

Panelists will discuss efforts to ensure fair and equitable access to housing and address the impact of past discriminatory housing practices.

3:10 – 3:25:  Innovation Showcase

3:25 – 3:55:  Fireside Conversation: Local Leaders Taking Action

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

  • Speakers to be announced

3:55 – 4:00:  Closing Remarks

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