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June 28, 2023

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Rachel Auerbach

Communications Associate State Director

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AARP New Jersey Awards Grant to Montclair Gateway to Aging in Place as Part of its Nationwide Program to Make Communities More Livable

The grant will be used to promote accessible housing by organizing an ADU design competition 

June 28, 2023Today, AARP New Jersey announced that Montclair Gateway to Aging in Place (mGAP) has received a 2023 Community Challenge grant – part of the largest group of grantees to date with $3.6 million awarded among 310 organizations nationwide. 

“AARP New Jersey is committed to working with local leaders to improve residents’ quality of life through tangible changes,” said Stephanie Hunsinger, AARP New Jersey State Director. “We are proud to collaborate with this year’s grantees as they make immediate improvements in their communities to jumpstart long-term change, especially for New Jerseyans 50 and over.”

Montclair Gateway to Aging in Place (mGAP) is a social advocacy and service organization that seeks to better the lives of seniors by providing accessible housing opportunities in addition to peer-to-peer digital technology training programs. The group will organize a design competition for freestanding, practical, and reusable Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). 

ADUs, which are secondary housing units on a single-family residential lot, are an emerging housing option to allow older residents to age in their homes and communities. Designs for the competition will be solicited from students at architecture schools in the region and will adhere to universal design standards that adapt to structural needs for aging, mobility challenges, and other disabilities.

“We are honored to receive this award from AARP, as well as a matching grant from Partners for Health Foundation, to mount an ADU Design Competition among architectural students,” said Ann Lippel, President of Montclair Gateway to Aging in Place. “The goal of the competition is to demonstrate to residents and town planners that ADU construction is a path to better housing options for older residents as well as other citizens. An increased inventory of statewide accessible Accessory Dwelling Units must be part of the public policy strategy to provide more suitable housing options for all.” 

AARP Community Challenge grant projects will be funded in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. True to the program’s quick-action nature, projects must be completed by November 30, 2023.

This year, the AARP Community Challenge accepted applications across three different grant opportunities, including existing flagship grants in addition to new capacity-building microgrants for improving walkability and community gardens. New demonstration grants will focus on improving transportation systems, with funding support provided by Toyota Motor North America, and housing choice design competitions.

AARP is also bolstering its investment in rural communities, mobility innovation, transportation options, and health and food access.

The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for people of all ages, especially those age 50 and older.

View the full list of grantees and their project descriptions at aarp.org/communitychallenge and learn more about AARP’s livable communities work at aarp.org/livable.

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