In West Virginia, nearly 500 people turn 65 every week. That rate of growth will continue all the way through the next decade.
Even faster is the rate of growth of people 85 and older in our state. The percentage of people 65 and older is higher in West Virginia than in all but two other states. Already, traditional government services such as home delivered meals, transportation, and health services are over-burdened.
There is a real and pressing need for a new solution.
Could your community become a model for providing affordable housing for West Virginia’s growing senior population?
The Senior Living Project is a collaboration among groups and individuals working toward better and more affordable housing in West Virginia and toward better living for the state’s growing elder population.
These two groups want to partner with three communities in West Virginia to provide technical and monetary assistance to become model senior living communities. A group of experts in affordable housing, housing development, finance, health and human services, and community development will be working with our three communities for the next few years to make visions become realities.
Inclusive, collaborative community groups are invited to submit ideas for creating new housing for seniors and making the community more livable. The project is looking for energetic, creative, and cooperative communities which can create visions and solid plans for realizing those visions.
The Senior Living Project is looking for West Virginia communities that believe that their elder populations are not a deficit nor a burden, but rather a valuable resource that should be a foundation for an improved and model community.