Age-Friendly Community Projects

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2019 Housing Forum at the NH Institute of Politics
Phase I Community Assessments
In Phase I the Commission conducted a region-wide Age-Friendly Assessment study, engaging participants in multiple ways on how communities are responding to population trends. The Commission additionally conducted multiple surveys and community assessments focused in four areas: recreation and engagement; housing and zoning; transportation, accessibility and connectivity; and business and economic development. Click on the following to review the region-wide survey results for the following areas:
 

Phase II Pilot ProgramsChester
In 2017, SNHPC began Phase II of its Becoming Age-Friendly Program; inviting its fourteen communities to submit a letter of interest to participate as a Pilot Community.  Letters were to include how an age friendly action plan would help the community with consideration to transportation, housing, social engagement, and economic development. Three communities were chosen by an age-friendly subcommittee. The Phase II pilot communities were the Towns of Bedford, Chester and Goffstown. Click on the links below to learn about each Phase II Pilot Community:

  • Bedford (coming soon)
  • Chester (coming soon)
  • Goffstown (coming soon)
Phase III Pilot Programs

Due to constraints, SNHPC had to limit its Phase II pilot program to 3 communities and 10 businesses. Phase III of the program continued where Phase II left off, working with existing pilot communities to ensure their age-friendly efforts were successful. Because so much interest was expressed in Phase II of the program, SNHPC offered the same opportunity to additional communities and businesses in Phase III. Three additional pilot communities were chosen: The Towns of Derry, Hooksett and Weare. Click on the links below to learn about each of the Phase III Pilot Communities: 

Age-Friendly Housing Forum
In Phase IV of the Becoming Age-Friendly Program, SNHPC convened a large and diverse group of stakeholders to discuss housing needs and opportunities in New Hampshire. Topics included housing state policy, age-friendly subdivisions, innovations in housing, housing diverstiy from the viewpoint of developers, and funding opportunities for housing. Click the link below to see a recap of the forum:
 
Transportation Outreach
Throughout Phases I-IV of the Becoming Age-Friendly program, we've heard time and time again that there are limited transportation options available to New Hampshire residents. This is a growing concern for senior citizens who find that once they can no longer drive, it becomes very difficult to get anywhere. This is also a concern felt among younger residents who find that if you don't have a car or access to a car, it's nearly impossible to get around. Although limited, the Manchester Transit Authority (MTA) provides public transportation options for senior residents in several towns in the SNHPC region. There are also several volunteer driver programs in the region. The SNHPC has been dedicated to spreading the word about these transportation options to its communities' residents and in turn, relaying feedback about the existing services to its partners at the MTA. Our transportation outreach initiatives include the following:
 
  • Creating informational flyers and brochures about the transit services offered in select towns.
  • Town-wide surveys to find out about current transit usage and needs.
  • Shuttle bus meet-and-greets at town events and gatherings.
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(Above: MTA and CART bus visits to Hooksett and Chester senior centers)