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.

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

How to find USDA Approved Homes

If you follow our blog then you’ve seen a lot of buzz about USDA 502 Direct home loans. We are proud of our partnership with USDA Rural Development and we feel very fortunate to be able to offer such great products to future homeowners.

USDA home loans are a great choice for people looking to buy […]

By |July 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fahe, USDA, and WV Housing Development Fund Expand Access to Housing for Low-income Families

Fahe, USDA, and WV Housing Development Fund Expand Access to Housing for Low-income Families

The Fund has joined with Fahe and USDA to become the only state housing agency to offer the USDA 502 Direct Home Loan

Charleston WV – On June 23, 2016, an important step forward was made for families in West Virginia when […]

By |June 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Public / Nonprofit Partnership Creates Permanent Program with USDA RD

The USDA 502 Direct Loan has been the cornerstone of affordable housing financing for decades, helping low- and very low-income people and families in rural areas acquire safe, quality housing at a rate they can afford.

While the 502 Direct Program offers a great service, repeated cuts to the USDA Rural Development (RD) budget greatly reduced […]

By |May 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mortgage Broker Bootcamp

As part of Fahe’s ongoing commitment to strengthening our Members’ resilience and providing Appalachia with quality resources, we recently hosted a two day Mortgage Broker Bootcamp. The Bootcamp was a collaboration between Fahe, Members, and partner organizations to provide education and resources to those interested in bringing quality mortgage products to rural and underserved areas.

Among […]

By |May 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SALS Provides Needed Rental in Appalachia


Finding a quality rental in Appalachia is difficult, but when you have a disability that requires modifications to your living space, it can be impossible.  However, Kathy Kiser, a resident of Gauley Bridge, WV, has just moved into a newly remodeled apartment that allows her wheelchair to move freely through the doorways.  She no longer […]

By |April 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Southern Appalachian Labor School Providing Homes for Veterans

Fahe Member Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) is based out of Oak Hill, WV and serves the counties of Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Raleigh, and Nicholas.  SALS works to provide education, research, and linkages for the working class and disenfranchised peoples in order to promote understanding, empowerment and change.

SALS has recently been recognized in the Register […]

By |March 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments