Community Development

IA Cedar Rapids 10.12.2022 signed action plan certificate
Age-Friendly Cedar Rapids

Age-Friendly Housing

Age-Friendly Cedar Rapids strives to continue providing a variety of housing choices to accommodate a range of life stages, incomes, and preferences. ADUs are one way to support affordable housing choices. Find out more on the What are ADUs? page. 

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Home Sweet Gingerbread (and ADU) Home
Starting December 1, 2022 gingerbread kits will be available (while supplies last) for pickup at both library locations and the Northwest Rec Center. Interested participants can submit pictures of their gingerbread house and ADU for a chance to win a variety of gift cards to local businesses!  A panel of judges, Library staff, and the public will choose winners around December 20. Visit the Gingerbread House Contest library page to learn more and to enter! 

Age-Friendly Action Plan 
The draft Age-Friendly Action Plan was open for feedback the month of August 2022. On Sept. 13, 2022 City Council unanimously approved adopting the Cedar Rapids' Age-Friendly Action Plan. The plan contains 20 goals and 47 action steps in eight livability domains that strongly impact community well-being.

Age-Friendly Action Plan


Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The Age-Friendly Action Plan survey and Ideas Wall were open from Dec. 6, 2021- Feb. 12, 2022. Click the button below to see a summary of community feedback. In August 2022 a draft Age-Friendly Action Plan will be available for review.

    We love the age-friendly ideas sent to us from Cedar River Academy
              at Taylor Elementary School 

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In December 2019, the City of Cedar Rapids joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, joining approximately 400 other communities across the country who are committed to making their communities livable for residents of all ages, from the cradle through retirement. By joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and American Association of Retired Persons' (AARP) Age-Friendly Communities Network, Cedar Rapids has taken the next step toward enhancing the quality of life in our community for people of all ages and abilities. This process began with the age-friendly survey conducted by AARP in early 2019. The survey overview was presented at a community livability discussion and can be seen here: Livability Presentation April 2019. Key topics that emerged from the discussion were: 

  • Multi-generational Center
  • Transportation needs
  • Technology help for seniors
  • Community WiFi
  • Social isolation
Watch videos on these age-friendly programs and services in Cedar Rapids. 

AARP defines livability using the 8 Domains of Livability:

 Age-Friendly Action Plan Steering Committee - formed November 2021
Barb Werning Heritage Agency on Aging   Robin Mixdorf Meth-Wick
Mike Barnhart Horizons   Kayla Paulson United Way of East Central Iowa
Ro Foege AARP Volunteer   Cecilia Rokusek National Czech & Slovak Museum
Darryl High High Development   Zach Schledetsky Wellbeing Advisory Committee co-chair
Lindsay Glynn  Aging Services/Unity Point Health     Phil Wasta MedQuarter/Economic Alliance
Kathy Good Mercy Care    Amy Hockett  Linn County Public Health
Kay Fisk Life Enrichment Center      

Learn more:

Changing Demographics and Livable Communities Podcast

What is your neighborhood's  LIVABILITY INDEX SCORE

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