The Regional + Local Housing Study is nearly complete! After hearing that several localities within the region were grappling over similar housing concerns, the Commission sought funding from the Virginia Housing Development Authority to conduct a regional housing study.
The Regional Housing study is now entering its public outreach and engagement phase. The Housing Study’s Leadership Team has been working to Identify key stakeholders to participate in topical focus group discussions around the multiple sectors with which housing intersects.
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.
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.
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.
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.