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NRV Housing Resource Guide

NRV Housing Resource Guide

Since 2017 the Commission has participated in a regional group working to compile and catalog a comprehensive housing resource guide for the New River Valley.  Many agencies across the region receive requests for housing information, but almost all struggle to consistently connect clients to accurate and up-to-date resources.  This work ultimately resulted in two documents:  a NRV Housing Services guide and a NRV Affordable Rental Housing document. The group reconvened in November to review the guide, share updates, and discuss ways to continually improve the efficiency and reach of the document.  Many partners have been actively using the guide, indicating the need for the information is still high.  One upgrade the Commission hopes to address this coming year is converting the Affordable Rental Housing document to a searchable database.  The information could be filtered based on a range of different criteria for more efficient use.  The guides can be found on the Commission’s website at http://nrvrc.org/what-we-do/housing/. For further information, please contact Jennifer Wilsie (jwilsie@nrvrc.org), 540-639-9313, ext. 204. Share...
Regional Housing Study Data Training

Regional Housing Study Data Training

Through its partnership with the Virginia Center for Housing Research, Commission staff have now participated in two housing data trainings.  Using data sources such as American Community Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data, Commission staff learned how to tabulate this data, test for its reliability, and cross-reference multiple data sources to provide a more three-dimensional view of the story the data is telling.

Regional and Local Housing Study Funded!

Regional and Local Housing Study Funded!

The Commission was recently awarded funding through the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s (VHDA) Community Impact Grant program to fund a regional and local housing study. 

New River Valley Aging in Place Leadership Team

New River Valley Aging in Place Leadership Team

The New River Valley Aging in Place Leadership Team is a regional, multi-disciplinary group that formed out of the work of the Livability Initiative in 2011.  With the staggering rise in the number of citizens ages 65 and older and the statistic that 90% of older adults want and expect to ‘age in place,’ the Leadership Team acknowledged that the need for older adults to successfully age in their homes and communities was a critical focus.

Old Price’s Fork Elmentary Apartments

The apartments at the Old Prices Fork Elementary School are complete and ready for lease! 16 former classrooms have been converted into two-bedroom apartments for persons 55 and older.

Pulaski Community Youth Center

In partnership with the Pulaski Community Youth Center, Pulaski County is currently pursuing a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Planning Grant through the Department of Housing and Community Development.  Established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2015, the Center plans to operate an after-school care program out of the former Riverlawn Elementary School in Fairlawn.