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Salem Unveils “Happy to Chat” Bench Program

August 29, 2022 12:30 pm Published by Comments Off on Salem Unveils “Happy to Chat” Bench Program

Salem Unveils “Happy to Chat” Bench Program AARP grant to Salem for All Ages funds new initiative to facilitate community connections Salem, MA –The City of Salem, through the Salem for All Ages initiative, has received an AARP Massachusetts Small Dollar Big Impact grant to fund the creation and installation of ten “Happy to Chat” benches throughout the community. The first “Happy to...


Age-Friendly Salem, Massachusetts

May 23, 2022 12:39 pm Published by Comments Off on Age-Friendly Salem, Massachusetts

What’s been achieved since joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities Click here to read the full article  


Spring Speaker Series at the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center

April 1, 2022 12:32 pm Published by Comments Off on Spring Speaker Series at the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center

Join us this spring for the return of our Speaker Series! All Speaker Series events will take place live in the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center at 401 Bridge Street in Salem, MA. Masks and social distancing are recommended if you are not vaccinated, or if you are immune compromised. Masks are also recommended for anyone participating in...


CultureHouse in Downtown Salem!

March 24, 2022 1:11 pm Published by Comments Off on CultureHouse in Downtown Salem!

  The City of Salem and CultureHouse are partnering to open a three-month-long community arts and culture pop-up hosted at Old Town Hall in Downtown Salem. CultureHouse Salem will transform the historic structure into a vibrant, connected, and accessible destination that supports local creatives. The short-term goal of this project is to activate this underused community resource and create a...


Sand for Seniors

December 14, 2021 3:44 pm Published by Comments Off on Sand for Seniors

“Sand for Seniors” is a program where a member of the Salem Police Department will deliver a bucket of sand to Salem senior citizens who are physically unable to get some on their own. The senior can spread it on their icy walkways, steps, etc.  Not only does the program hope to prevent falls, but it is also a way...


Column: Salem the model of an age-friendly city

December 4, 2021 3:51 pm Published by Comments Off on Column: Salem the model of an age-friendly city

“From the very start of Salem for All Ages to today, as the first five years come to a close, Salem’s community-based, collaborative effort to create a more welcoming city for people of all ages and abilities has become a model that other municipalities – in Massachusetts and in other states – have looked to in order to emulate.” Read...


Salem Age-Friendly Training Promotes Social Inclusion for Older Adults 

April 16, 2021 11:21 am Published by Comments Off on Salem Age-Friendly Training Promotes Social Inclusion for Older Adults 

Written by Chloe-Rose Crouch, AARP Massachusetts Outreach Intern “AARP’s Livable Communities Initiative strives to help communities become great places to live for people of all ages by focusing on eight “Domains of Livability:”  housing, transportation, social participation, access to information, outdoor spaces, health services, social inclusion, and civic participation. Salem, one of the first five cities to join Massachusetts’ Network of Age -Friendly Communities, established a...


Call for Performers: City of Salem Summer Performance Series

March 25, 2021 4:53 pm Published by Comments Off on Call for Performers: City of Salem Summer Performance Series

Charlotte Forten Park & Derby Square, Summer 2021 Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and the Salem Public Art Commission (SPAC) announce the launch of the SPAC’s Summer Performance Series of 2021, to take place in both Charlotte Forten Park and Derby Square in Salem. Derby Square, at the heart of the City’s historic downtown, was originally built as a marketplace and continues...


Local Food Resources

January 23, 2021 4:21 pm Published by Comments Off on Local Food Resources

Food insecurity rates in Massachusetts have doubled since the beginning of the pandemic, and the number of Salem residents seeking food assistance has tripled. With so many in our community struggling, the Salem for All Ages task force would like to share these food resources available to Salem residents. We also want to thank all of the organizations listed below...


City launches Salem Skipper an On-Demand Rideshare Service

January 23, 2021 4:18 pm Published by Comments Off on City launches Salem Skipper an On-Demand Rideshare Service

On December 16th the City launched the Salem Skipper, which is an on-demand rideshare transportation service. The service is intended to be a fast, easy, and affordable way to travel throughout the community. The city has partnered with Via, an on-demand transit provider, to provide the service which will allow residents and visitors to book a trip anywhere within Salem...


Eviction Diversion Initiative

January 19, 2021 2:11 pm Published by Comments Off on Eviction Diversion Initiative

The Department of Housing and Community Development wishes to share some important updates to the Governor’s Eviction Diversion Initiative and ask that you share widely with your colleagues in community development and affordable housing. In the last six weeks, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) ​has made several important changes to the program, including: 1. Creating an application process for landlords,...


Affordable Housing Opportunity in Swampscott: Apply by 2/22/21

January 6, 2021 2:39 pm Published by Comments Off on Affordable Housing Opportunity in Swampscott: Apply by 2/22/21

A Mixed-Income, 55+ Apartment Community1 Bedroom, Selection by Lottery The Machon offers the comfort and ease of apartment living with all of the thoughtful finishing touches that makes this a wonderful place to call home. Residents will enjoy simple, independent living that maximizes comfort and convenience. Applications are available through 2/22/21 online by visiting www.LiveTheMachon.com or call 617.691.0158 (TTY 711)...