The goal of Westchester County’s award-winning “Livable Communities Initiative: A Vision for All Ages – Bringing People and Places Together” is to help seniors remain in their homes as they grow older with independence, dignity and civic engagement. Livable Communities are also friendly to people of all ages.
We previously created nine regional Livable Community Connection sites throughout Westchester. At this time, our initiative is unfolding through the Livable Community Village Approach – a “neighbors-helping-neighbors” program that teaches people of all generations how to empower themselves to become advocates for change.
Just a few features of livable communities are services provided by volunteers such as health and wellness programs, educational and cultural programs, support services such as accessible and adequate transportation, personal safety, consumer protection and advocacy for affordable housing and safe sidewalks and roads.
Check out the links on this page to learn more about our programs, such as the ones for the Livable Communities Overview brochure and the Livable Community Village Needs/Interests Survey booklet. The booklet will help your group to focus on what you consider the most pressing needs where you live.
Read the latest “It Takes a Village” newsletter.
Care Circle program
The Care Circle program is the newest initiative under the big Livable Communities umbrella. Read about what a Care Circle is and how to start one in the new Care Circle Guide: Step Forward and Give Back.
Also give a look at our new Livable Communities Speakers Bureau where we’re asking people with expertise in various areas to sign up to present programs for Livable Community events.
Priority Pulse Survey Report
Results of the Priority Pulse Survey indicated that transportation is the greatest need of seniors today and their greatest anticipated need in the future.
We received special recognition from AARP when it identified us as one of three Livable Community models in the United States. Our program has also won many awards, including ones for innovation and groundbreaking work from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the National Association of Counties.
The Livable Communities initiative was launched in 2006, and is sponsored by the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) and the Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services in partnership with AARP and the Volunteer Service Center.