Some cities, including Los Angeles, have started to explore opportunities provided by the digital home via a customized utilization of voice assistants, including Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. Miami-Dade County is supporting a research project that uses Virtual Reality to help counteract the ‘loneliness and social isolation’ that often affects the elderly, especially those who live alone. Local government leaders should continue to pursue such opportunities and push them forward. In addition to initiating more pilot programs, communities should fund at scale the ones that already show promise and work to expand partnerships between government, academia and industry.