WASHINGTON— AARP Executive Vice President for Social Impact Nancy LeaMond commended the partnership announced today by HUD, DOT and EPA to apply a series of "livability principles” to federal transportation, environmental protection and housing spending. AARP has long advocated for livable communities that have affordable and appropriate housing options, supportive community features and services, and adequate mobility options which together facilitate personal health independence and engagement in community life. LeaMond said:
”AARP applauds the shared vision for livable communities announced today by Transportation and HUD Secretaries LaHood and Donovan and EPA Administrator Jackson. It reflects an understanding that their plans and policies have to focus first on people. Putting into practice the goals the cabinet officers announced today – "to help improve access to affordable housing more transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities”-- could raise the quality of life for older Americans. Most people age 50+ want to stay in their homes for as long as possible and when they move they prefer to stay in the general area. But today substantial numbers report they can't safely cross their neighborhood's major streets; they find their public transportation inconvenient and their sidewalks inadequate and all too often affordable and accessible housing is unavailable nearby. The framework announced today could change that.”
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