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Livable New York Initiative

Livable New York
New York State
Office for the Aging
Affiliate Partners
NY State Department of State * USDA Rural Development—State Office
NY State Energy Research and Development Authority * NY State Builders Association
NY State Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Dormitory Authority of the State of New York * NY State Homes and Community Renewal
New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

Livable New York is a statewide initiative developed by the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in cooperation with eight affiliate partners and a statewide advisory workgroup. Its intent is to assist municipalities to better plan for the needs of their older adults, people of all ages with disabilities, families, and caregivers, and to take active steps to create livable communities that best reflect the State's rapidly changing demographic and social profile. Through the initiative's products and activities, communities will be provided with information, training, technical assistance, and examples of successful models, practices, and approaches related to the initiative's focus areas: housing, universal design, development, planning, zoning, land use, energy alternatives, green building, mobility, and transportation.

The directive underpinning Livable New York derives from Chapter 58 of the New York State laws of 2007, which added a new subdivision 14 to section 24-d of New York State Elder Law. The subdivision requires that mixed-use, age-integrated communities be fostered across the State. No funding has been allocated for this initiative, and the activities and products undertaken have used NYSOFA's existing resources. NYSOFA was directed to widely disseminate the initiative's products and information, which will support communities' efforts to develop a variety of housing and mobility alternatives, incorporate new and innovative building design and energy ideas, and institute creative planning approaches and zoning strategies.

The initiative's accomplishments to date include:

The initiative's next steps:

Legal Services Initiative

New York State
Office for the Aging
Partners
New York State Office of Court Administration,
New York State Bar Association
New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

The Legal Services Initiative is a statewide initiative developed by the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in collaboration with three statewide partners and with facilitation assistance by Robert Abrams, Esq. The purpose of this initiative is to increase access to affordable legal assistance by three targeted population groups: (1) New York's older adults, (2) individuals with disabilities of all ages, and (3) the caregivers of these population groups.

The Legal Services Initiative is an aspect of NYSOFA's Livable Communities initiative. A community's level of livability reflects the quality of life and well-being of its residents. As adequate access to sufficient and affordable legal services has a significant impact on residents' quality of life and overall community well-being, such access is a necessary element of a livable community.

Goals of the Legal Services Initiative:

Objectives of the Legal Services Initiative:

The Initiative's accomplishments to date:

The Initiative's next steps: