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Home Consortium program creating affordable housing for NRV

Posted: Jun 20, 2014 2:21 PM EDTUpdated: Jun 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT

BLACKSBURG (WSLS) – The Home Consortium program is bringing affordable housing to the New River Valley despite major funding cuts.
The housing program includes Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties, and the City of Radford.  When it first began back in 2007, the program was receiving about $1 million in funding from HUD.  Last year, they only received about $556,000. Despite these cuts, 343 housing units have either been completed or are underway, and each year they have taken on more projects than the year before. Housing leaders say this is largely because they have learned to be more efficient in their planning, and also in finding funding from other sources.  For each HUD dollar the consortium has received, they have been able to leverage an additional $6 from other places, such as tax credits and federal or state funding. They have partnered with a number of organizations along the way on various housing projects, including Habitat for Humanity and Community Housing Partners.

Giles County to get its first supportive living facility

Posted: Jun 09, 2014 5:08 PM EDTUpdated: Jun 30, 2014 6:01 PM EDT

RICH CREEK – Giles County will soon get its first assisted living facility that will allow residents to age in their hometown.

The Summit Place is now under construction in Rich Creek. It will be a 23-unit supportive care facility, and county leaders say it is the first affordable assisted living complex in the state where residents will have their own private room.  Residents will pay only about one third of what they would have to pay for a similar unit. This will provide things food, medication supervision and social activities. Because of the lack of options, many seniors are forced to either stay in their homes longer than they should, or move out of the area to find affordable housing where they can receive care. County leaders say others also move into nursing homes before they really need that level of care, simply because there are no options to help them during that transitional period.

The Summit Place is scheduled to be complete in January of next year, and applications will be accepted a few months prior to completion.

Blacksburg to get new senior friendly housing complex

Posted: Apr 09, 2014 5:46 PM EDTUpdated: Apr 30, 2014 5:47 PM EDT

BLACKSBURG – Blacksburg seniors will soon get a housing unit designed specifically for them.  The eight-unit complex on Grissom Lane will feature universal design, and much of it will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  It is designed for people 55 years of age and older. Town leaders say the senior population in the New River Valley is expected to double within the next 20 years, and they want a place where people can age comfortably and safely without moving to assisted living. Community Housing Partners in Christiansburg is building and managing the site, and architect Joshua Galloway says, “It’s the bathrooms and kitchens that are often the big challenges, and so it’s just about creating open floor plans so you have clear floor areas at each of the fixtures and appliances, so someone in front of the range has equal access to reach all the different elements.”The project is expected to be finished in October, and the application process will begin in July.