A regional collaborative effort to create a New River Valley Housing Resource Guide began in early summer, and the first phase is nearing completion. After several organizations and localities expressed a recurring need for the information, the guide will include two components: (1) 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, and (2) a list of services including emergency shelters, energy assistance and weatherization, fair housing, home repair financing, home builders, home modifications, housing choice vouchers (rental assistance), housing counseling and education, and legal assistance. The collaboration is being led by the NRV HOME Consortium, the Community Foundation of the NRV, and the NRV Regional Commission. A robust and diverse group of additional partners include: Center for Gerontology at VT, City of Radford, Community Housing Partners, Floyd County, Giles County, Habitat for Humanity of the NRV, Montgomery County, New River Community Action, NRV Agency on Aging, NRV Homebuilders Association, NRV Regional Commission, Pulaski County, SERCAP, New River Family Shelter, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Town of Pulaski, and Virginia Community Capital.
Initially the project will be in electronic and print format, but the group is working to create a searchable web-based platform. The NRV Housing Resource Guide is available to the public, localities, and service providers here.