Resources

NEW RIVER VALLEY AGING IN PLACE ACTION PLAN

New River Valley Aging in Place Action Plan can be viewed online at: NRV Aging in Place Action Plan

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

Aging in Place Leadership Team activities have included:

2013 Aging in Place Workshop – Over 80 community members met in Christiansburg to discuss the meaning of aging in place and conceptualize housing options and neighborhood configurations that could extend independence for older adults and foster healthy and successful aging across the lifespan. The housing, neighborhood, and community designs that emerged reflect regional values, priorities, and culture, support resident independence and self-determination, facilitate social interactions, and promote stewardship and conservation of the natural environment. The guidebook can be downloaded at: https://nrvhome.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/home-matters.pdf

2014 Aging in Place Workshop – Because participant response to the first workshop exceeded expectations and attendees were eager to delve deeper, a follow-up workshop was offered to explore the financial, policy, and decision-making obstacles that traditionally interfere with making our homes and communities truly lifespan friendly—great places to grow up and grow old. The event was attended by 125 participants, including community professionals representing aging services and advocacy, housing and community development, local and State government, as well as community members. More than 20% of attendees traveled from other regions of the state (e.g., Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke, & Danville) to learn more about how the NRV was addressing aging in place.

Workshop discussions were robust and led to the identification of next steps for the Aging in Place Leadership Team to effectively promote aging in place in the NRV. The Aging in Place Leadership Team plans to initiate the 6 priority action items within this guidebook. It is our hope that this plan will inspire focus and momentum and serve as an invitation for other community members to participate in making this action plan a reality for the NRV.

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.

Home Matters can be viewed online at: Home Matters

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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: http://www.nrvpdc.org/Livability/Livability_Report/files/assets/basic-html/index.html#1

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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: http://www.nrvpdc.org/Livability/Home_Report/files/assets/basic-html/index.html#1

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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: http://www.nrvpdc.org/Livability/Energy_Report/files/assets/basic-html/index.html#1

The Regional Energy Plan in its entirety can be found under the Technical Reports heading at : http://nrvlivability.org/content/resources

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