PA 13-109—sHB 6396
AN ACT CONCERNING LIVABLE COMMUNITIES
SUMMARY: This act requires the Commission on Aging to establish a “Livable Communities” initiative to serve as a (1) forum for best practices and (2) resource clearinghouse to help municipal and state leaders design livable communities that allow residents to age in place (i. e. , remain in their own homes or community settings of their choice, regardless of age or disability).
The act defines a “livable community” as a community with affordable and appropriate housing, infrastructure, community services, and transportation options for residents of all ages.
The commission must report annually on the initiative to the Aging, Housing, Human Services, and Transportation committees, with the first report due by July 1, 2014. It must also, by January 1, 2014, establish a single portal on its website for information and resources on the initiative.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2013
LIVABLE COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE
The act requires the Commission on Aging to:
1. establish and facilitate partnerships with (a) municipal leaders and representatives of senior and social services offices; (b) community stakeholders; (c) planning and zoning boards and commissions; and (d) representatives of philanthropic, social services, and health organizations;
2. plan informational forums on livable communities;
3. investigate innovative approaches to livable communities nationwide; and
4. identify public, private, and philanthropic funding sources to design these communities.
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