Aaron Phelps

About the author: 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 receives $1M to Address Opioid Epidemic in Eastern Kentucky

Fahe received a $1million Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization(POWER) award from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to work with our partners to address the  epidemic of prescription opioid abuse in Eastern Kentucky. Funding will finance three community health/recovery facilities, provide needed health services, and create jobs in coal-impacted communities.   The lack… Read More>

The Internet of Things

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. This marks Sandi’s second contribution to our blog.  Sandi’s article expresses… Read More>

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Let us therefore continue our triumphant march to the realization of the American Dream.” -Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   Martin Luther King Jr Day is January 16th this year, and Fahe joins millions in celebrating the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Civil Rights movement has positively impacted each of… Read More>

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… Read More>

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… Read More>

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… Read More>

A Quick Comparison of FHA and Conventional Loans

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 levels.  Two types of loans that higher earning households often… Read More>

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… Read More>

USDA Visit Oct 2016

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… Read More>

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… Read More>