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AARP seeks to improve older adults’ quality of life by promoting the development of safe, accessible and vibrant environments often called livable communities. Livable communities policies address issues such as land use, housing, transportation and broadband — all of which facilitate aging in place.

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The Livability Index

The Livability Index scores communities across the U.S. for the features, services and amenities that impact your life the most.

Specialized Transportation

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new funding opportunities for specialized transportation services.

Communities Are Embracing Development Near Transit

This report, Communities Are Embracing Development Near Transit: A Snapshot of Transit-Oriented Development Support across the United States, details the ways state, regional, and local actors proactively foster TOD.

Low-Income Housing Tax Credits: Meeting the Demand for Affordable Rental Housing

As the population ages and some LIHTC properties approach the end of their 30-year affordability requirement, the program must consider ways to address the increasing need for affordable rental housing.

Livable Communities Topics


The availability, affordability and variety of housing options is inextricably connected to the overall quality of life in a community.


Older adults need transportation to the places and services that support their independence. Policies that encourage adequate, safe and accessible transportation infrastructure and services help people of all ages stay active and engaged in their communities.

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Telecom and Energy

People of all ages need and deserve to have affordable, reliable and high-quality telecommunications and energy service where they live and work. It is essential to health, economic welfare and overall quality of life.

More Livability Topics

Much of the work of the Public Policy Institute’s Livable Communities team is crosscutting in nature, covering the topics of land use, transportation and housing under a single title. It also includes emerging work on the linkage between health and community environments.

Livability Index

How livable is your community?

PPI Staff Radio Interviews

  • Jefferson Public Radio interviews PPI’s Jana Lynott for the Jefferson Exchange where she talks about Livability and Mobility.
  • Radio station KSKQ interviews PPI’s Jana Lynott, Bandana Shresthra, Community Outreach Director for the Oregon State Office and Don Bruland, active AARP volunteer for its Age of Adventure series where they talk about creating livable communities, the AARP Livability Index and Oregon’s new Lifelong Housing Certification program . The program begins at about minute mark 1 after advertising and music.  

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