The Virginia Center for Housing Research is partnering with the New River Valley Planning District Commission to implement the New River Valley Livability Initiative. This $1 million regional planning grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. The Center for Housing Research leads the housing component of the Livability Initiative project. The Center analyzed housing data for the region and developed a regional housing plan as part of the project.
The project explores and integrates housing, land use, economic and workforce development, energy, and transportation in pursuit of reducing barriers to achieving affordable, sustainable communities. The communities participating in the project include Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, and Radford City. The Livability Initiative provides an opportunity for area residents to share ideas and develop strategies to shape a vision for the future of the New River Valley.