Beyond a Day of Service

Posted on 08/29/23

AARP Indiana sees outreach, advocacy, and charitable giving converge in Evansville

The flooring for an affordable – and accessible – home on South Linwood Avenue was nailed into place August 16.

But there is more to this new home than floor joists and steps.

Habitat for Humanity of Evansville and AARP Indiana collaborated to make the house friendly for aging-in-place as part of a special sponsorship. The home features universal design concepts, such as grab-bars, zero-step entry and exit ways, and much more, that closely align with the AARP HomeFit program.

Volunteers work on the home build.
AARP Indiana volunteers work on the Habitat for Humanity of Evansville home build in Tepe Park.

“For years, AARP Indiana has made affordable and accessible housing one of its corner-stone priorities,” Addison Pollock, director of community engagement, said. “Sponsoring this home-build is a tangible way to give back to the community, as well as bring awareness to the challenges facing older Hoosiers when it comes to aging-in-place.”

WATCH: A special kickoff ceremony for the home build

A recent AARP Bulletin article outlined those challenges, as well as talked about the Hoosiers who will be the new residents on South Linwood Avenue.

Advocacy and outreach

Hoosiers can find AARP Indiana hard at work in the community, at the Evansville City Council, and at the Statehouse, empowering them to age-in-place and stay in the places they call home.

Over the past year, the organization fought for changes, large and small, to the Evansville Affordable Housing Trust Fund, successfully advocating for additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars to be added to the fund. During the India General Assembly, staff and volunteers championed HEA 1005, a bill that created a new financing tool to help increase the supply of housing in communities across the state. Through this advocacy, a $75,000,000 Residential Housing Infrastructure Assistance Fund was established.

“We do our best to double down on the issues we think are most important to older Hoosiers,” Pollock said. “Going beyond the walls of government, AARP Indiana provides outreach and educational opportunities that raise awareness and create material change where we live.”

Beth Folz and Addison Pollock
Habitat for Humanity of Evansville Executive Director Beth Folz and AARP Indiana Director of Community Engagement addressed volunteers and the media about the need for affordable, accessible housing on August 16.

Volunteers from around the state helped produce Longevity at Home, a virtual event series covering everything from home decluttering, to accessory dwelling units or “granny flats,” to AARP HomeFit.

Most recently, volunteers held HomeFit workshops in both Evansville and Indianapolis.

Home sweet home

There is still work to be done in the River City.

AARP Indiana asks the community to join us for Day of Service on September 11, 2023 to get the Habitat for Humanity build closer to move-in ready.

Community volunteers will have the opportunity to get to know Team Evansville and learn more about AARP Indiana’s work during the build. Registration is required.

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