Thinking Outside of the Box: CHEF Intern Exceeds Expectations in Relocation

CHEF interns come from many different places, and sometimes they come from many places, bringing with them experiences that make them qualified to handle the large mission of working to eliminate persistent poverty in Appalachia. Brandon Weirick currently serves Appalachia from Kingsport, Tennessee at Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority as the CHEF Program’s Data Analyst… Read More>

What’s in my own backyard: A CHEF Intern’s take on how leaving home can bring you back again

Amanda Jones is the CHEF (Community Housing and Economic Fellowship) Intern working at Woodlands Development Group, a Fahe Member organization in Elkins, West Virginia. Located in Randolph County, just outside of the right panhandle of the state, Elkins offers a wider variety of business opportunities than some of the neighboring cities.   However, it still… Read More>

The Charm of the Mountains

Community Engagement Intern Carrie Billett did not grow up in Central Appalachia, but the mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky are her home. She’s lived there since 2006 and would like to stay. She says, “What drew me to the mountains is the sense of community and the stories that come from here. I’m very fascinated… Read More>

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… Read More>

Building Stronger Leadership: the second in our series on an internship program aimed at creating future leaders in Central Appalachia

One of Fahe’s charges is providing leadership within the region. In a previous article, I discussed the difficulties of staying in Appalachia and highlighted why this call to leadership is important. Today, I want to bring insight to the professional development that is available, not only to interns, but to mentors and supervisors as well… Read More>

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… Read More>

History & Mystery in Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is known as the place “Where History and Rivers Meet.” This is because the town boasts historical attractions that are unique to the area. For example, Krodel Park is a celebration of the American Dream and the American Revolution. There is also the memorial of the Battle of Point Pleasant, located… Read More>

Building Stronger Communities: the first in a series on an internship program aimed at creating future leaders in Central Appalachia.

Do I really want to live here forever? That’s the question on the mind of many young Appalachians today as they forge their own paths into the world. Discontent with the area’s recreational, economic, and environmental outlook, they are flocking to metropolitan areas and developing their professional skills with no predicted return to the area… Read More>

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… Read More>

Smart Tech That Can Save You Money

Although smart homes might seem like they can cost you a pretty penny initially, there are certain systems and gadgets that are actually worth the money. By upgrading your home (even if little by little) and making it “smarter,” you may find that these seemingly complex technologies will start to pay for themselves over time… Read More>