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LLH Working Group “talking points” for members.

Date: March 1, 2017
To: Lifelong Housing Working Group
From: Beth Barham, League of Women Voters | Beth.barham5@gmail.com, (479) 445-4116

RE: Talking Points for Outreach to Potential Members
Background: Rogue Valley, Oregon pioneered the first Lifelong Housing Certification program
in the country. Visit http://rvcog.org/mn.asp?pg=SDS_Lifelong_Housing and download the
following for review:

o Lifelong Housing Certification Brochure
o Accessibility Features Checklist
o Creating Your Own Lifelong Housing Certification Project: Tips for Communities

Advantages of the LLH certification include:
• Increasing the number of homes in Fayetteville, AR where people can “age in place.”
• These homes may be new build or remodels and the adaptations are not only beneficial
for older adults. The adaptations are beneficial for anyone with disabilities (temporary
or permanent). The adaptations do not need to look clinical or industrial and families
can also benefit from the subtle changes (e.g. older or disabled visitors; young families
with strollers, etc.).
• The cost of the adaptations is very minimal for a new home build but adds to the value
and may make the homes more marketable.
• The LLH certification enhances the age-friendliness of Fayetteville and stresses the
importance of inclusion of everyone in our city.

The League of Women Voters Washington County, AR, with co-sponsors Age Friendly
Fayetteville, AARP AR and the City of Fayetteville, held a panel on Lifelong Housing on February
16, 2017. You can find more information and useful links related to this program, including a
link to watch a video recording of the panel, here: http://www.lwvarwc.org/ (check under Links/Resources for Programs, where a resource page should be available after March 4, 2017).

A LLH Working Group Kick-Off meeting was held February 17, 2017, where we determined:
• The LLH Working Group would like to establish a LLH program in Fayetteville similar to
the one in Rogue Valley. We further agreed to accept the Rogue Valley checklist as it is
for now, without modification, as the basis for our initial efforts.
• We need to review the staffing and other costs associated with a program, and reach a
consensus on how and where to implement it. Should it be located within the City
offices, or with one or more outside organizations in the community? How can we fund
it sustainably?
• We need to involve a wide number of community members to discuss how best to carry
this out, and how to reach out to the wider community about the program if/when we
are able to launch it. To that end, attendees at the Kick-Off meeting brainstormed and
developed a list of organizations we could identify that should be contacted. Members
volunteered to do outreach to them. Those who agree to participate would be asked to:
o Attend monthly or bi-monthly meetings to add your expertise to this project
o Review periodic emails about the progress the LLH working group has made
o Volunteer for specific activities that are of interest to you and of need for the
project
o Advocate for the implementation of the LLH certification in Fayetteville by
spreading the word to those in your networks

Next steps: we plan to meet a second time in April (time/place to be announced). We would
like to have your participation at that meeting. Please come to this meeting to determine if you
are interested in participating in the work group for this project.

If you are willing to take part, please email Beth Barham at beth.barham5@gmail.com and she
will add you to the group list.

Thank you!

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