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  1. 1. Home Matters:
 Building Community Capacity to Support Aging in Place in Rural Southwest VA 
 Nancy Brossoie, PhD
 CenterforGerontology
 VirginiaTech
 VirginiaGovernor’sConferenceonAging
 May2,2016 1 HOME MATTERS: Building Community Capacity to Support Aging in Place in Rural Southwest VA Nancy Brossoie, PhD
 Center for Gerontology 
 Virginia Tech
 
 Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging
 May 2, 2016
  2. 2. 2Community Partners
  3. 3. Aging in Place Leadership Team Nancy Brossoie Center for Gerontology, Virginia Tech Carol Davis Sustainability Office, Town of Blacksburg Patti Drescher VA Dept. of Rehabilitative Services Shelley Fortier Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley Matt Hanratty Housing & Neighborhood Services, Town of Blacksburg Tina King New River Valley Agency on Aging Kim Thurlow Community Foundation of the New River Valley Elisabeth Willis Housing & Community Development, Town of Blacksburg Jennifer Wilsie New River Valley Planning District Commission VISTA volunteers 3A Grassroots Effort!
  4. 4. Aging in Place 4 The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, & comfortably regardless of age, income, or ability level. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Definition Guiding our Work
  5. 5. Virginia & New River Valley 5 Virginia pop. 8,000,000 NRV pop. 185,000 ≤ 25% age 65+ We take care of our own! 1460 square miles
  6. 6. Housing in the NRV Housing stock is old • 50% built 40+ years ago • Newer homes typically house students and working families Homes of older residents likely to • Require modifications • Require repairs • Require energy efficiency upgrades 6Our Main Focus
  7. 7. 2014 Aging in Place Workshop 7 • ½ day charette • 80 attendees Goal: Design future housing stock & neighborhoods
  8. 8. 2014 Workshop Findings Home Matters! • Setting • Designed for the environment • Energy-efficient • Affordable • Accessible • inside and outside • to the community and services • Promote quality of life • productive and healthy habits 8https://www.communityhousingpartners.org/files/906.pdf
  9. 9. Rural Design #1
  10. 10. 2014 Workshop Recommendations:
 Local Government • Expedite and streamline permitting processes for home modifications • Explore zoning revisions that enable homeowners to create accessory dwelling units (e.g., granny flat) • Revise zoning laws to permit services, amenities, and transportation to be located near housing developments 10https://www.communityhousingpartners.org/files/906.pdf
  11. 11. 2014 Workshop Recommendations:
 Community Planners • Incorporate the concept of livable communities across the lifespan into local and regional planning discussions • Create and promote use of shared spaces such as community gardens, trails, workshops, and business incubators • Develop an aging in place action plan for the NRV 11https://www.communityhousingpartners.org/files/906.pdf
  12. 12. 2014 Workshop Recommendations:
 Builders & Architects • Incorporate Universal Design and accessibility features into new construction to reduce future modification costs to accommodate physical impairments and disabilities • Explore community-based aging in place models that can offer access to services to community members at low costs • Incorporate design elements that preserve neighborhood character 12https://www.communityhousingpartners.org/files/906.pdf
  13. 13. 2014 Workshop Recommendations:
 Local Government, Planners, Builders, & Architects • Collaborate! • Create programs that facilitate home repairs and modifications at low cost to participants • Work to incorporate lifespan friendly design principles in new construction • Provide incentives to homeowners & builders 13https://www.communityhousingpartners.org/files/906.pdf
  14. 14. 14 • ½ day session • 125 attendees 78% local 2015 Aging in Place Workshop Aging in Place Training Breakout Discussion Sessions • Policymakers and Regulators • Developers, Builders, Lenders • Residents & Eldercare Workforce Goal: Identify challenges to improving housing stock Funded by VA Geriatric Training and Education Award
  15. 15. 2015 Workshop Outcomes:
 Aging in Place Increased understanding & awareness • Interconnected roles of housing, health, services, transportation, & social connections in supporting aging in place Initiated community discussion • How to think about aging in place 15
  16. 16. 2015 Workshop Outcomes: 
 Challenges for policymakers, builders, & homeowners Zoning regulations vary • Support local building/development plan • Vary between multi-family and single-family dwellings Building code requirements are $$ and extensive • ADA, EPA, safety compliance Housing affordability • Lack of affordable home modification/ repair programs • New builds are often less expensive than remodeling 16
  17. 17. Next Steps:
 Building a Lifespan Friendly Communities Inspire focus and momentum and serve as an invitation for other community members to participate in making aging in place a reality in the NRV. Six priority action items focus on • Home • Services • Community 17https://cfnrv.org/images/page/AginginPlaceActionPlan.pdf
  18. 18. Action Step #1:
 Local Housing Needs Survey (2016) Goal: Identify actual housing needs and wants of older residents Survey residents age 50+ • Current condition of structure • Accessibility into and within house • Changes/accommodations made • Current and future needs and wants Lead Agency: • Center for Gerontology, VT 18https://cfnrv.org/images/page/AginginPlaceActionPlan.pdf
  19. 19. Action Step #2:
 Home Modification & Repair Program (2015-17) Goal: Offer low cost/free home modifications/repairs • Serve low-income adults with unmet housing needs • Use energy efficient and sustainable materials • Connect recipients with other services Lead Agencies: • Sustainability Office, Town of Blacksburg • Community Foundation of the NRV • Habitat for Humanity of the NRV • Center for Gerontology, VT 19https://cfnrv.org/images/page/AginginPlaceActionPlan.pdf
  20. 20. Lifespan Friendly Homes:
 2 Year Funding 
 20 Goal: 24 homes – up to $5,000 budget each Funded by Partners for Places - Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
  21. 21. Action Step #3:
 Centralized Local Service Connector (2016-17) Goal: Connect housing programs to health, recreation, & transportation programs through a centralized resource Lead Agency: • NRV Agency on Aging Community Partners: • Dept. of Rehabilitative Services • Habitat for Humanity of the NRV • Housing & Community Development, Blacksburg 21https://cfnrv.org/images/page/AginginPlaceActionPlan.pdf
  22. 22. Action Step #4:
 Establish a Local TimeBank (2016) Goal: Promote free service exchange between residents • Residents give & receive assistance • 1 hour service = 1 time credit • All exchanges are equated to time • Format developed by TimeBanksTM Lead Agency: • Housing & Community Development, Blacksburg 22https://cfnrv.org/images/page/AginginPlaceActionPlan.pdf
  23. 23. Action Step #5:
 Age-Friendly Community Certification (2017) Goal: Receive AFC certification for the region • Build upon region-wide livability initiative (2011-2013) & housing survey (2016) • Build upon Aging in Place housing efforts • Develop partnerships in 3 large communities • Solicit support using “life-span friendly design” 23https://cfnrv.org/images/page/AginginPlaceActionPlan.pdf
  24. 24. Action Step #6:
 Encourage Land-Use Policies, Regulations and Markets for Lifespan Friendly Homes (2017) 24https://cfnrv.org/images/page/AginginPlaceActionPlan.pdf Goal: Improve local and state policy and regulations to facilitate development of lifespan friendly homes and communities Start the conversation and educate • Persons buying, renting, or building a home • Realtors and lenders • Developers and builders • Local planning and zoning staff Lobby for change in state building code and pool resources to seek state and federal planning grants to review and amend local development regulations.
  25. 25. Ongoing Agenda:
 Moving the Aging in Place Initiative Forward Maintaining dialog and collaboration across sectors • Need for multilayered authorization to proceed • Look for person and position Pursuing funding • Americorps VISTA position Evaluating team and leadership • Workgroups or advisory boards Aligning AiP efforts with lifespan-friendly housing 25
  26. 26. Building & Sustaining Community Capacity: 
 A Strengths-Based Approach Secure Resourc es Utilize Metrics Advanc e Age- Friendl y Policies Engage Across Sectors Build Public Will 26 http://www.giaging.org/documents/160107__Sustainability_Principles.pdf Grantmakers in Aging (Oct, 2015) Guiding Principles for the Sustainability of Age-Friendly Community Efforts
  27. 27. Our Strengths:
 Listen to Older Residents 27
  28. 28. Our Strengths:
 Respect Cultural & Social Differences 28
  29. 29. Our Strengths :
 Seek Vertical and Horizontal Relationships Vertical Collaborations Horizontal 29
  30. 30. Our Strengths :
 Provide Education and Outreach 30
  31. 31. Our Strengths :
 Use a Lifespan Perspective 31
  32. 32. Nancy Brossoie, PhD For more information contact brossoie@vt.edu 32 Thank you!

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