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The Livable for a Lifetime (L4L) initiative grew out of the 2020 Plan: Aging in Community. L4Ls purpose is to promote change in the practice, policy, design, and construction of homes and communities, as well as the community involvement necessary to achieve this change. L4L promotes the application of Universal Design in homes and communities. Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people regardless of their ability or age, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.



L4L's work is guided by a Steering Committee, which meets on a monthly basis, rotating meeting locations and facilitators between the Piedmont Housing Alliance, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) and JABA.

Current Steering Committee Members: Karen Reifenberger, Marguerite David, and Mark Watson (Piedmont Housing Alliance); Marta Keane, Donna Baker and Ginger Dillard (Jefferson Area Board for Aging); Billie Campbell (Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission); Bob West (Bob West and Company, LLC), Jay Schlothauer (Albemarle County Community Development); Jim Herndon (City of Charlottesville); Elizabeth Swider (Chamber's Aging in Place Business Round Table/Care is There); Juanita Geer (UVA Institute on Aging); Kirsten Miles (Disability Services Board), Peter Thompson (Senior Center), Scott and Sarah Pruett (Universal Design Partners) and Todd Hawkins (BuilderFish).


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