About Aaron Phelps

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.

Ways to Help Victims of the Tennessee Wildfires

There has been an outpouring of concern for the victims of the recent Tennessee fires that destroyed a large portion of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevier County and displaced more than 14,000 residents.

Officials are asking that people wishing to help not travel to the area but instead send assistance.  There are numerous organizations working to […]

By |December 7th, 2016|appalachia|Comments Off on Ways to Help Victims of the Tennessee Wildfires

A Zip and a Promise

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.

Sandi’s contribution is part of our Appalachian Travel Guide, a series dedicated […]

By |December 1st, 2016|appalachia|Comments Off on A Zip and a Promise

Fahe Partners Receive a Total of $305 Million to Revitalize Economic and Community Development

The Federal Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI Fund) has announced $7 billion in New Market Tax Credit Awards to 120 organizations nationwide.  We are proud to announce that among those recipients are organizations that Fahe has partnered with successfully over the years, including one Member of the Fahe Network.  We are excited because […]

By |November 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fahe Partners Receive a Total of $305 Million to Revitalize Economic and Community Development

A Quick Comparison of FHA and Conventional Loans

Fahe offers affordable and reliable mortgage products through JustChoice Lending.  In the past we have discussed USDA 502 Direct loans on this blog and how this product is a great option for rural families with lower incomes.  However, our commitment to creating prosperous neighborhoods and successful homeowners in Appalachia extends to families of all income […]

By |November 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Quick Comparison of FHA and Conventional Loans

Fahe’s Appalachia HEAT Squad Saves Homeowners Money

Every year, families in Central Appalachia lose hundreds to thousands of dollars in utility bills due to poorly insulated homes. Fahe’s newest program, Appalachia HEAT Squad®, is bringing greater access to energy efficiency to homeowners in the region. Fahe Member Housing Development Alliance (HDA) in Hazard is already working to bring the benefits of increased […]

By |October 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fahe’s Appalachia HEAT Squad Saves Homeowners Money

Fahe Awarded $50 Million to Invest in Appalachia from Uplift America Fund

Fahe is on a mission to eliminate persistent poverty in Appalachia.  One of the ways Fahe accomplishes this goal is through the development of much needed infrastructure that addresses key issues like lack of proper access to medical coverage, schools, and clean drinking water.  But, Fahe, like many organizations working in rural areas, face challenges […]

By |October 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fahe Awarded $50 Million to Invest in Appalachia from Uplift America Fund

Construction of Eastern Scholar House on EKU’s Campus to Provide Educational Opportunities, Housing, and Child Care

Fahe supports increased educational attainment in Appalachia. In our region, as with many other parts of the country, single parents have greater difficulty finding the time and money to attend college, work, and afford quality child care.

Scholar House projects have proven to be effective in helping to alleviate a good portion of the burden […]

By |September 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Construction of Eastern Scholar House on EKU’s Campus to Provide Educational Opportunities, Housing, and Child Care

Fahe Annual Meeting

Fahe will be hosting its Annual Meeting on September 7- 8 at the Hotel Roanoke & Convention Center in Roanoke, VA. The Annual Meeting is a time for our Membership to gather under one roof to share ideas and best practices and plan for the future of serving Appalachia.

There will be discussion and learning around […]

By |September 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fahe Annual Meeting

Underbanked In Appalachia

Living in an underbanked (or unbanked) area can have serious negative consequences on a household. Without access to mainstream financial services offered by retail banks such as checking and savings accounts or the ability to take short term loans at a reasonable interest rate, people often turn to other services such as payday lenders, check […]

By |August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Underbanked In Appalachia

Meet Beth Boyce

Beth Boyce of Phillipi, WV is a recently divorced mother of three. During the divorce proceedings, Beth temporarily moved into a house owned by a friend that was set to be placed on the market. With her youngest son still living with her, she decided that the best course of action would be to buy […]

By |July 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Meet Beth Boyce