One Mayor’s Solution for Homelessness
September 27, 2017  
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Wanted (and Welcome): Telecommuters!
Beautiful, very remote Eastport, Maine, has a vibrant arts community, a symphony, a theatre, affordable housing, walkability, water views, generous volunteerism, friendliness and a school system with low student-to-teacher ratios. What the small city needs and wants is more people.
There’s a Better Way
According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, unsheltered homelessness in Albuquerque, New Mexico, dropped by 80 percent between the years 2009 and 2016. A day-work program created by Mayor Richard Berry (pictured, wearing red) is one reason why.
Livability News & Notes
Meals on Wheels With a Side of Health — The service organization’s volunteers and paid couriers are being asked to keep an eye on their clients’ well-being and record their observations in an app so help can be provided when or if needed.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune ►
Designing for Dementia — Cognitive impairment, incontinence and falling are among the top reasons people with dementia are moved into assisted living or nursing home care. University students in Australia have designed a house to help such individuals remain at home. Source: The Fifth Estate ►
Examples of Excellence in Government — Case studies from New York City, Atlanta and Washington State show how successful efficiency efforts have several commonalities. Source: Governing ►
Events, Resources & More
Workplace Wellness: Walk This Way — Healthier workers are more productive, take fewer sick days, and have decreased health care costs. This America Walks webinar (to be held on Thursday, October 5, at 2 p.m. ET) provides an overview of state and local policies that support physical activity and wellness in and around the workplace.
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More About Work and Livability — The first article featured in this newsletter is an excerpt from the “Work, Volunteerism and Opportunity” chapter of the new (free!) AARP book Where We Live: Communities for All Ages — 100+ Inspiring Ideas From America’s Community Leaders. Read More by Downloading or Ordering the Book ►
Livable Communities Disaster Recovery Tool Kit — The calm after the storm can lead to a town, city or neighborhood becoming more livable for people of all ages. Read How ►