The Regional Commission is committed to the housing needs of New River Valley residents. Through roles with the Livability Initiative, New River Valley HOME Consortium, and programs offered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, Rural Development, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Commission recognizes the importance of housing. Acknowledging that housing can have an even larger impact on the elderly or disabled, the Commission also actively participates on the Aging in Place Leadership Team.
Aging in Place
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 projection that by 2030, one in four citizens will be 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.
Since 2011 the Leadership Team has produced the following implementation documents:
- Home Matters design guidebook
- Aging in Place Action Plan
- Aging in Place Workbook
Aging in Place Action Plan
Aging in Place Workbook
Housing Resource Guide
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.
NRV HOME Consortium
The New River Valley HOME Consortium has been providing funding for the development or rehabilitation of affordable housing since 2007. The Regional Commission, in partnership with the Town of Blacksburg’s Housing and Neighborhood Services, staff the Consortium.
The HOME Consortium works with non-profit and for-profit developers to provide new homeownership, homeowner rehab, rental, or down payment assistance opportunities for households earning at or below 80% of the area median income.
Learn more about the HOME Consortium at www.nrvhome.org