CAC, working as an agent of the State of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Division of Aging, received funding in June 2007 to develop “neighborhood naturally occurring retirement communities” (NNORCs). This 18-month state-wide project was entitled Communities for Life (CFL). Implementation of CFL included the development and issuance of an RFA, application review, provision of technical assistance to five selected sites throughout Indiana to conduct a needs assessment and develop a program plan for supportive service programs; and program evaluation.
The five selected organizations/communities were:
What is a NNORC?
NORC stands for “naturally occurring retirement community.” For general purposes, a NORC is a community:
that, based on local factors and taken in total, allow an organization to achieve efficiencies in the provision of health and social services to older individuals living in the community. By definition, a NORC is not an institutional care or assisted living setting.
NNORC vs. NORC
Communities involved in the CFL project were classified as “neighborhood naturally occurring retirement communities” (NNORC). A NNORC is a horizontal community, spread out across a defined geographical area. A NORC is more often a vertical housing complex, such as high-rise apartment buildings.
What makes a NNORC unique?
The guiding principles of a NNORC are community building and resident self-sufficiency. Community partners come together to create a coordinated basket of services that support the strengths and meet the needs and wants of the seniors living in the NNORC.
Characteristically, a NNORC will: