Housing is a topic that affects every resident in the New River Valley. The housing resource guide was created through collaboration between a dedicated and diverse group of housing partners, with the aim of providing a comprehensive list of housing services and rental options for the NRV. The guide includes two components:
- a list of housing services including emergency shelters, energy assistance and weatherization, fair housing, home repair financing, home modifications, housing choice vouchers (rental assistance), housing counseling and education, and legal assistance.
- a listing of affordable rental housing with information including unit size, price range, estimate of tenant-paid utility cost, proximity to services, age, accessibility features, and contact information.
AGING IN PLACE RESOURCES
In recognition of growing housing and service challenges, Successfully Aging at Home in the New River Valley – a grassroots, community-based initiative – was established to meet an unmet and growing need: the ability of residents to age in their homes and communities. The initiative is guided by the New River Valley (NRV) Aging in Place Leadership Team—a collaboration of eight regional organizations, which emerged during the 2010-2013 NRV Livability Initiative:
- NRV HOME Consortium
- NRV Area Agency on Aging
- Habitat for Humanity of the NRV
- Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology
- VA Dept. for Aging & Rehabilitative Services
- Community Foundation of the NRV
- Virginia Tech School of Construction
- NRV Planning District Commission
Key Resources developed by the Aging in Place Leadership Team include:
AGING IN PLACE WORKBOOK
For more information: http://nrvaoa.org/aging-in-place/
NEW RIVER VALLEY AGING IN PLACE ACTION PLAN
HOME MATTERS – LIFESPAN FRIENDLY HOMES, NEIGHBORHOODS, AND COMMUNITIES: DESIGN STRATEGIES AND IMPLEMENTATION GUIDEBOOK FOR THE NEW RIVER VALLEY
Home Matters is the product of an Aging in Place Community Design Workshop that tasked participants with conceptualizing homes, neighborhoods, and communities that they would like to live in for a lifetime. The housing, neighborhood, and community designs that emerged reflect regional values, priorities, and culture. Each incorporates lifespan features that support resident independence and self-determination, facilitate social interactions, and promote stewardship and conservation of the natural environment.
LIVABILITY IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY: FROM VISION TO ACTION
The Livability Initiative was a three year regional planning process which provided an opportunity for the New River Valley’s residents to develop a vision for the future and develop strategies that business, community organizations, local governments, and individuals can use to make this future vision a reality. This final plan provides important information about the region, priority goals that have been identified by citizens, and a menu of action items.
Livability in the New River Valley can be viewed online at:
HOME IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY: HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOOD OPTIONS
Home in the New River Valley is the product of a three-year multi-agency, multi-disciplinary collaboration around the future of housing. This document is meant to act as a guide to help communities in the New River Valley consider a variety of options, not prescribe a one-size-fits-all approach. Home in the New River Valley provides some compelling facts about housing and beginning ideas for addressing the housing needs now and in the future of the New River Valley.
Home in the New River Valley can be viewed online at:
ENERGY IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY: CREATING AN AFFORDABLE, RELIABLE, AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FUTURE
Energy in the New River Valley is a product of the NRV Livability Initiative’s three-year regional planning process. It is a summary report that provides key findings, strategies and recommendations of the Regional Energy Plan. It emphasizes local economic development of energy services and training, preserving lifestyle choice, energy efficiency improvements, local renewable energy development, and strategic partnerships to create a culture of clean energy by adopting policies and programs that reduce barriers and promote implementation of key strategies.
Energy in the New River Valley can be viewed online at: