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.
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.
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.
For a little over a year, the New River Valley HOME Consortium has had a non-profit arm, NRV Home, in which to better serve the needs of the region. Currently the HOME Consortium Board is comprised of two representatives from each of the five member localities and a non-voting member from both Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), Community Housing Partners and Habitat for Humanity NRV.
Housing is a topic that affects every resident in the New River Valley. When a Commission partner reached out to ask if there was a comprehensive housing resource list for the NRV, we realized one did not exist. Many agencies have information for the clientele they serve, but almost all struggle to consistently connect clients to accurate and up-to-date resources.
After two years of research and planning, the New River Valley TimeBank, a project developed and supported through the efforts of the NRV Livability Initiative, the NRV Aging in Place Leadership Team, and the HOME Consortium, was launched.