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 […]

By |July 6th, 2017|appalachia, Fahe, Housing, Loans|Comments Off on JustChoice Lending Closes First Project Reinvest Loan

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 great […]

By |June 26th, 2017|Fahe, Housing, Loans, USDA 502 Program Loan|Comments Off on Fahe Closes 1,000th 502 Direct Loan During Homeownership Month

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 […]

By |June 14th, 2017|Housing|Comments Off on June is Homeownership Month

How Can I Improve My Credit Score To Buy A Home?

Purchasing a house is a major investment particularly if you’re going to have to finance most of the value of the transaction. By taking the appropriate measures to build your credit before buying a home, you may be able to receive better offers from mortgage companies, which will mean lower monthly payments and a better […]

By |February 2nd, 2017|Housing|Comments Off on How Can I Improve My Credit Score To Buy A Home?

Easy Weatherization for Your Home

“I’m done with this cold weather!” That’s what I hear coworkers exclaim as they enter our office these frosty winter mornings. However sad it may be, the reality is that winter has only just begun.

We need fuzzy socks, cozy robes, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Oh. . . and energy efficient houses wouldn’t hurt […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Housing|Comments Off on Easy Weatherization for Your Home

Revisiting West Liberty

During NeighborWorks Week, June 7-15, we will be revisiting the town of West Liberty.  Two years ago, the town was devastated by an EF3 tornado with winds up to 165 miles per hour.   Seven lives were lost and nearly 400 homes and businesses were destroyed.   Many came to the aid of West Liberty to help […]

By |June 4th, 2014|appalachia, Housing|Comments Off on Revisiting West Liberty

Aging in Appalachia

Appalachia has one of the largest elderly populations in America.  The issues of housing, health, and independent living for our seniors are important topics that need to be addressed now. Fahe has taken the first steps to bring together home builders, health providers, and policy makers so they can work on a solution together, instead […]

By |May 30th, 2014|appalachia, Housing|Comments Off on Aging in Appalachia

Home and Happiness

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, being happier has several positive effects on our lives including a lower chance of heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections. Studies also show that happy people live longer.(1)

Since I’ve worked with Fahe, I have had the pleasure of meeting with dozens of families who have lived […]

By |April 24th, 2014|appalachia, Housing|Comments Off on Home and Happiness

Homemade Stress


Everyone experiences some type of stress at home – the dishes are dirty, the kids are fighting, the lawn still hasn’t mowed itself (and unfortunately probably never will). The previous examples are small stressors and in most cases can be fixed relatively quickly and easily.  However, the conditions of some homes can equal big time […]

By |April 15th, 2014|appalachia, Fahe, Housing|Comments Off on Homemade Stress

Housing and Your Health

The conditions of our homes reflect on us.  Good living conditions promote good health.  Poor living conditions can make us sick. This is not a commentary on personal habits or housekeeping.  It’s a commentary on old or poor housing stock where many low-income residents find themselves living.

Let’s take a look at a few of the […]

By |April 8th, 2014|appalachia, Housing|Comments Off on Housing and Your Health