Fahe’s Appalachian Travel Guide hits the Grand Ole Opry

When I was in high school, I lived under an hour from Nashville. I visited pretty often back then (it was the 90s). Downtown wasn’t a place you’d want to linger in after dark, and it may (or may not) be true that I saw Garth Brooks in concert at the Opry.

Fast forward 20 years […]

By |January 12th, 2017|appalachia, Appalachian Travel Guide|Comments Off on Fahe’s Appalachian Travel Guide hits the Grand Ole Opry

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

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

Conquering Educational Isolation: Providing Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training Across Economic and Regional Divides

Fahe’s service area of Central Appalachia faces the challenge of geographic isolation, requiring innovative solutions to expand opportunities. Fahe Member Community Housing Partners (CHP) offers an exciting training option that eliminates the need to travel those backroads.

CHP has offered on-site training at its Energy Solutions Research and Training Center in Christiansburg, VA, since it opened […]

By |November 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Conquering Educational Isolation: Providing Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training Across Economic and Regional Divides

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 Receives $1M to Support Economic Transition in Eastern Kentucky

Fahe was awarded $1 million by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through their POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. This funding will support our Appalachia HEAT Squad® program which was designed to stimulate housing production and create new jobs that will keep coal mine-impacted workers in their home communities.

Fahe will leverage […]

By |October 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fahe Receives $1M to Support Economic Transition in Eastern Kentucky

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

What goes into building a house? During a time of economic transition from a coal economy, Fahe’s partners in eastern Kentucky look to coal miners for answers

Fahe and our Members are creating solutions to keep displaced miners and their families in their communities. Seeking new partners is a crucial step, and Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) is a welcome ally. HCTC is honing in on the fact that unemployed miners have specialized skillsets that translate well to jobs in housing. […]

By |October 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What goes into building a house? During a time of economic transition from a coal economy, Fahe’s partners in eastern Kentucky look to coal miners for answers