Aaron Phelps

About the author: Aaron collects stories from Fahe Members and the people they help in order to present the needs of Appalachia to the public through written word and video. In his free time he nerds it up by playing RPGs, writing fantasy stories, and playing drums.

Kilbourn home

JustChoice Lending is for All Families in Appalachia

Fahe’s vision for Appalachia is that everyone – no matter background or income level – should experience financial stability. That’s why our mortgage division, JustChoice Lending (JCL), offers products for anyone.  While Fahe and our Membership Network provide opportunities for thousands of low-income families, they are not the only people whom we serve.  Bob and… Read More>

JustChoice Lending Closes First Project Reinvest Loan

Johanna Hall-Rappolee has lived in apartments her entire life. Growing up she wanted to own a home so she could fit in with her friends and escape the treatment and stigma associated with living in lower-income apartments. As a single mother, Johanna’s dream of homeownership has only grown stronger out of a desire to give… Read More>

Fahe Closes 1,000th 502 Direct Loan During Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month and Fahe is celebrating in style because we have closed our ONE THOUSANDTH USDA 502 Direct Loan!  That’s 1,000 rural families that have received a home with a mortgage they can afford. Our partnership with USDA is a beautiful example of a public/private partnership that really works. By coupling a… Read More>

June is Homeownership Month

June is Homeownership Month and across the Fahe Network our Members our celebrating with their local communities and partners.  These celebrations take a variety of forms including community clean up, home rehab and repair, and even unveiling new homes.  These events highlight and educate on the importance of homeownership and the transformative power it can… Read More>

April is Fair Housing Month

The Fair Housing Act was introduced in 1968 and expands on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Fair Housing Act was created to protect a buyer or renter from discrimination from by making it unlawful to refuse to sell, rent to, finance, or negotiate terms of a home because of a person’s inclusion in… Read More>

Fahe’s statement on the proposed Federal budget

President Trump has proposed a new Federal budget that has cut out programs and services that are essential for the people of Appalachia to transition out of years of persistent poverty and move into economic prosperity. In the budget proposal,  President Trump states that these cuts, and the increased $54 billion funding to the defense… Read More>

Appalachian Travel Guide – Berea Music Series

In the latest installment of the Appalachian Travel Guide we turn to Fahe’s backyard of Berea, KY.  As always, if you’re interested in contributing, leave a comment below or contact Aaron Phelps at aphelps@fahe.org. How do you make small-town life appealing to a variety of people across different generations?  That was the question on the… Read More>

Carter G. Woodson

Born in New Canton, Virginia, in 1875, Woodson was the son of former slaves, James and Eliza Riddle Woodson.  Carter Woodson would go on to move with his family to West Virginia after his father learned that Charleston was building a high school for black people.  His pursuit of education eventually led him to Berea… Read More>

Fahe receives $1M to Address Opioid Epidemic in Eastern Kentucky

Fahe received a $1million Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization(POWER) award from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to work with our partners to address the  epidemic of prescription opioid abuse in Eastern Kentucky. Funding will finance three community health/recovery facilities, provide needed health services, and create jobs in coal-impacted communities.   The lack… Read More>

The Internet of Things

The following is a guest contribution from Sandi Curd who works for Fahe Member Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.  Sandi serves as the Kentucky Promise Zone Coordinator for southeastern Kentucky which is the first rural area in the nation to receive a Promise Zone Designation. This marks Sandi’s second contribution to our blog.  Sandi’s article expresses… Read More>