Speaker: Jill Norcross, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance
Jill Norcross became the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance in January 2023. Jill has over 20 years of experience in fostering successful partnerships with diverse stakeholders around affordable housing planning and development. She is a dynamic individual who is an experienced leader and communicator: someone with a vision for what is possible for the future of the Alliance.
Most recently, Jill served as the Community Outreach Regional Manager for Virginia Housing, the state housing finance agency. Prior to her position at Virginia Housing, Jill led a successful consulting practice focused on strategic services and technical assistance to nonprofit housing organizations, faith communities, and their partners in the areas of communication, strategic planning, asset management, project management, community engagement, and government relations. From 2005 to 2012, Jill served as the Executive Director of the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND).
Jill received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from James Madison University and a Master of Regional Planning in Housing, Community Development and Real Estate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Throughout her career, she also served on numerous boards and advisory committees of nonprofit organizations.
The survey will ask for information about the lifestyles of older adults.
Those who do not receive a survey will still have additional ways to provide feedback.
Fairfax County, together with the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, wants to learn more about the aging experience in our area to plan for a more aging-friendly community. That’s why we are asking select households to weigh in and tell us what could make our area a better place for older residents.
Public policy experts, start-up entrepreneurs, real estate professionals and Federation board members gathered last 19 September at Founders Hall at George Mason University's Arlington campus for an inter-disciplinary conference on assistive technology and senior housing design in order to better address an aging population.
With almost one in five Americans soon expected to be over the age of 65 years old, the conference speakers focused on federal and local policy initiatives to ensure accessibility to employment and spaces, technological innovations to support and expand this accessibility, and trends in development and design of senior housing.
Speakers on policy initiatives represented the National Institutes of Health, the Department of State, Arlington County, and government contractor Qualcomm. Technological innovation presentations included on-demand sight assistance through a Google-glass enabled platform from start-up Aria and a personal companion and home care assistant robot from George Mason alumni start-up INF Robotics.
Just to say "hello" to existing neighbors or meet new ones", please join "Neighborhood Knock" on 7-8 November -- It's about connecting to help one another. Sponsored by Fairfax 50+ initiative Neighbor to Neighbor
The Safety in our Community -- Preventing the 911 Call" health and safety seminar will be held on Monday, May 12, 10 a.m. ñ Noon. Presentations will include fire and injury/fall prevention, home and personal safety, Project Lifesaver (keeping at-risk residents safer and reducing care giver anxiety), and how to defend yourself from scams and other frauds.
The federal government's Open Season for federal employees and retirees to change their health plans runs from November 11 to December 9.
Congressman Connolly's Open Season Workshop will take place at the Fairfax County Government Center on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The Government Center is located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035.
This year's event will once again feature FEHBP expert Walt Francis, author of CHECKBOOKS's Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, along with presentations by other FEHB experts. Representatives of the Office of Personnel Management, the various FEHB plans and Medicare will be available to answer questions discuss their programs with participants.
"Most FEHB plans have benefit and rate changes for 2014 so it is important that federal employees and retirees know the details on how their current plans are changing and whether or not there is another option that better suits their needs," Connolly said. "With these possible changes, it is important that every federal employee and retiree review the status of their current coverage."
Connolly urged every federal employee and retiree, as well as survivor and former spouse annuitants to make sure they review their FEHB plan coverage and other benefits before Open Season ends on December9. "Federal employees, retirees, and annuitants who have questions or want to make sure that they have the coverage they need are welcome to attend my Open Season Workshop on November 23rd " he said.
Congressman Connolly's Open Season workshop will feature:
10:00 am - 11:00 am in the Government Center Board Room
Panel Discussion featuring experts on FEHB programs and available health plan options, including FEHBP expert Walt Francis, author of CHECKBOOKS's Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees
11:00 am - 1:00 pm in adjoining conference rooms
Representatives of various FEHB health plans and Medicare will be available to provide information and answer questions concerning plan offerings for 2014
11:00 am - 1:00 pm in adjoining conference room.
Flu Shots will be provided by the Fairfax County Health Department. The cost is $25 and Medicare Part B is accepted.
To ensure adequate supply of vaccines available, please register with Connolly's District Office at (703)256-3071
The OPM website contains detailed information about FEHB plans, dental insurance, vision insurance, and flexible spending accounts for federal employees and dependents. The site also provides links to frequently asked questions and other information that federal employees and retirees might need to help them make decisions about their current and future coverage.
Federal employees, retirees, or annuitants seeking more information about the Open Season workshop can call Connolly's District Office at 703-256-3071.
Congressman Connolly has held an Open Season event each year since he took office in January 2009.
Join Fairfax County's Independent Living Project, a free seminar series along with exercise classes for strength and balance that help older adults remain independent. The program also offers professional home safety reviews. The next series is scheduled on Thursdays, October 17-November 21, 1-3 p.m., Martha Washington Library, 6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Register at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/independent.htm, call 703-324-7210, TTY 711 or email Jennifer.Edge@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Fairfax County is offering free Family Caregiver Seminars throughout October and November at the following locations. To register, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/OlderAdults and link to Register Now for Caregiver Seminars, or call 703-324-5205, TTY 711.
Diagnosis: Dementia...Now What?, Wednesday, October 2 ñ 7 to 8:30 p.m., Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax, VA 22032
Financial Issues for Caregivers, Tuesday, October 8 ñ 7 to 8:30 p.m., Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, VA 22015
When Home is No Longer an Option, Thursday October 31 ñ 12 to 1 p.m., WEBINAR - Meet over your computer or telephone.
Behavior as Communication in Alzheimer's Disease, Thursday, November 7 ñ 3 to 4:30 p.m., Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria, VA 22315
Strategies for Difficult Conversations, Wednesday, November 13 ñ 7 to 8:30 p.m., Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter, 3701 Pender Drive, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22030
Legal Tools for Caregivers, Thursday, November 14 ñ 7 to 8:30 p.m., Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Avenue, McLean, VA 22101
Legal Tools for Caregivers, Wednesday November 20 ñ 12 to 1 p.m., WEBINAR - Meet over your computer or telephone.
Caregiving 101, Monday, November 18 ñ 7 to 8:30 p.m., Herndon Fortnightly Library, 768 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Fairfax County is offering free Chronic Illness Management workshops. Topics include managing pain and emotions, using medication properly, communicating with health care providers, adopting exercise and nutrition goals and making informed medical decisions. Register and learn more at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/chronic-disease.htm or call 703-324-5489, TTY 711.
Wednesdays, October 2-November 6, 2013, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North Street, Fairfax, VA 22030-2514
Mondays, October 21-December 2, 2013, 1-3:30 p.m., Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191
Tuesday, October 22-November 26, 2013, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax, VA 22031
Thursdays, October 24-December 5, 2013, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066
Wednesdays, October 30-December 11, 2013, 1-3:30 p.m., Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306
The Virginia Livable Home Tax Credit (LHTC) program
Although this tax program has been in place for a while, not many have taken advantage of The Virginia Livable Home Tax Credit (LHTC) program. The program is designed to improve accessibility and universal visitability in Virginiaís residential units by providing state tax credits for the purchase of new units or the retrofitting of existing housing units.
A strong volunteer force within the community is critical and vital to human resources fulfillment. Emergency management tasks for natural or man-made disasters not covered by the town/city employees duties are important.
For emergencies we need to make sure the supplies are in place, and phone call trees and emergency numbers updated. This may seem like old news, but it is surprising how often we aren't prepared. We need to create or refresh lists of individuals and resources within the community, which in turn help individuals and families including seniors, the disabled, new to the community or from foreign lands, and those experiencing tough times. Updating volunteer lists to handle a variety of duties from snow shoveling, leaf removal, minor home maintenance, tools loans, refreshing emergency call lists, is a real need.