- Brownsville, TX — On Tuesday, August 20, AARP Texas will present the City of Brownsville with a $20,000 check for the transformation and activation of Brownsville's 14th Street Plaza. The funds are part of the 2019 AARP Community Challenge program that calls for converting the area into a multi-generational safe space that fosters a feeling of community and economic development.
- There will be two media opportunities for photos and interviews with Brownsville and AARP officials:
- Noon: E. 14th Street Plaza - Corner of E. 14th Street and E. Washington Street
- 5 p.m.: The City Commission mtg - 1001 E. Elizabeth Street, 2nd Floor Brownsville
Nearly $1.6 million will be distributed to fund 159 “quick action” projects across the country. The idea is to support projects that help communities make immediate improvements that support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,700 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its third year. Each of the projects, which must be completed by Nov. 4.
The full list of Community Challenge Grant awardees can be found at www.aarp.org/communitychallenge.
The Community Challenge grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative which helps communities become great places to live for residents of all ages. As part of this, AARP staff and volunteers are working across the country, engaging and mobilizing residents, delivering technical assistance and expertise to local leaders and organizations, and supporting the work of the 381 communities and four states that have enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.
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AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members, including more than 2.3 million in Texas, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability, and personal fulfillment.