Birmingham Green Story
A Northern Virginia Regional Partner since 1927. We believe in dignity for every person.
A community with a holistic approach; fostering the spirit, nurturing the body and nourishing the mind.
Birmingham Green has a proud history as a financially accessible senior living facility in Northern Virginia.
For more than 90 years, Birmingham Green has been home to Northern Virginians needing long-term care, but do not necessarily have the personal resources to afford the services. Birmingham Green has continually provided dignified, caring assistance to our residents.
Dating back to 1926, when five localities in our region established a home for those who, for a variety of reasons, did not have the ability to care for themselves. Prince William, Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier, and the City of Alexandria purchased a 54-acre site on Centreville Road in Manassas, Virginia — a part of a larger region known as Birmingham Green. There, they built the District Home of Northern Virginia to provide food, shelter, and employment opportunities for those who needed it most in the area.
The original District Home was built on farmland, which many residents enjoyed helping to maintain — for nearly 20 years. By the 1950s, District Home was expanded to accommodate 80 residents and was a licensed rest home to care for the area’s lowest-income community members with disabilities.
Today, the campus – notably named Birmingham Green – is comprised of the recently refurbished 36-bed District Home Assisted Living, a 180-bed Northern Virginia Health Care Commission that opened in 1991 to provide nursing and rehab services, and the Willow Oaks Assisted Living, a 92-unit supportive housing facility that opened in 2008 to offer additional assisted living services.
In addition, Birmingham Green continues to fill a very unique and irreplaceable public-private partnership role that continues to be true to our historical mission for who we serve. The Northern Virginia Health Care Commission is a 100 percent Medicaid facility, the only such facility in Northern Virginia. Willow Oaks Assisted Living is a 100 percent Auxiliary Grant facility, also the only such facility in Northern Virginia that has dedicated all of its units for the state-administered grant program. Both facilities operate off community funds from the local governments to make up the difference between state-reimbursements and the full costs of senior living care. Birmingham Green has also been taking the initiative to anticipate the future, both in the depth and diversity of the needs, and the preferences of who we serve.
Northern Virginia’s rapid growth has left communities struggling to meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations. Given the challenge of increasing numbers of older adults and adults with disabilities in the face of workforce shortages and economic uncertainty, Birmingham Green recognizes that it is in a unique position to serve these residents and help meet these future challenges. Our regional partnership provides a ready-made structure for implementing effective programs and optimizing resources.
Partnership with Birmingham Green Provides:
- A state-wide reputation for delivering high-quality services
- Proficiency in the provision of daily living services
- A stable, passionate, and highly energized staff
- An established track record of working collaboratively with our partner localities
- Experience with Federal, State, and local governments on long-term care funding and residential strategies
- Relationships with area hospitals, long-term care entities, and advocacy groups
- Recognition that assisted living and nursing home services are critical segments of a much broader continuum of long-term care that should and must be person-centered and community based
- Our Board of Directors commitment to strategically increase Birmingham Green’s services to the community
The Birmingham Green Foundation was established as an integral part of the initiative to raise funds and provide support for these special projects and programs.
Birmingham Green is proud of its heritage of providing senior living and assisted living services. We are committed to finding innovative, financially sustainable ways to address these many challenges over the next decade and look forward to collaborating with our partners, residents, and community.
Want to learn more about life at Birmingham Green? We’d love to chat. Contact our team today!