Appalachia HEAT Squad

Appalachia HEAT Squad Home Repair Financing Can Combat Rising Energy Rates

As we stop to enjoy the leaves changing and fall in full swing, it’s difficult not to look ahead to winter and the potential of rising utility bills. This is especially true for Kentucky Power customers, who recently learned they could see a rate increase come January. With the estimated increase projected to be an… Read More>

Fahe Proud to Partner with Groups Supporting Children’s Health and Educational Attainment

Children who have access to safe, affordable housing and a local support system grow up healthier, happier, and have greater opportunities in life.  In honor of National Child Health Day, which occurs on the first Monday of October, we wanted to focus on the opportunities the recently opened Eastern Scholar House (ESH) in Richmond, KY… Read More>

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Fahe Awarded $1.1 Million from U.S. Treasury CDFI Fund

Fahe Awarded $1.1 Million from U.S. Treasury CDFI Fund These funds will support Fahe’s mission to eliminate persistent poverty in Appalachia Berea, KY – Fahe has been awarded $1,096,905 from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI). The CDFI Program invests in and builds capacity of CDFI’s to serve low-income people… Read More>

Prepare for Winter and Rising Utility Rates with an Appalachia HEAT Squad Audit

While Kentucky enjoys the 6th cheapest average electricity rate in the country (Energy Information Administration), rates have continued to rise across the state – in 2017, two service providers in the Appalachian region have requested rate increases from Kentucky’s Public Service Commission. These types of rate increases affect all utility customers, raising their electric bills… Read More>

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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>

Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol – Appalachian Travel Guide

Aptly, my final article in this travel series took me home again. I grew up in Bristol—on the Virginia side, which is very important to note for folks familiar with Tri-Cities lore. As a youngster, I loved to lip sync to Madonna like most 80s girls, but I had no idea about the rich tradition… Read More>

The CHEF Finance Intern: Seeing the Financial Side of a CDFI

Nicholas Kubala is a Finance and Insurance double major at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). For the summer, he is also a CHEF Intern at Fahe, meaning that he gets experience in his chosen field at the benefit of Appalachia. Currently, Nicholas serves Appalachia as the Finance Intern at the Fahe office. He grew up in… Read More>

Life In Service: CHEF Intern Exhibits Continuous Dedication to Helping Others

Some people are born to serve, and CHEF Intern Megan Devoto is definitely one of those people. From speaking with her, I could see her dedication to giving back to communities she lives in and an excitement to do so that has been unparalleled in any of my previous service-related encounters. As a matter of… Read More>

Building Strong Foundations With The CHEF Program

When Nathaniel Clark went off to school at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, it was a very different living experience than he was accustomed to. “I grew up in McCreary County, Kentucky. It’s extremely small; there’s no Walmart, three or four stoplights, overall a very rural area.” In contrast, Richmond has fast food, small… Read More>

What Goes Around Comes Around: CHEF Intern Gives Back

Homeownership changed Mariah Triplett’s life, which is interesting considering she is now a CHEF Intern for Fahe, an organization that works and advocates for home ownership in Appalachia. As a child, her life was a series of moves, first from Hawaii, and then around Appalachia, until her mother acquired a first time homebuyer loan. Mariah… Read More>