Creating Opportunity for Education through the Eastern Scholar House

Eastern Scholar House Ribbon CuttingThe Eastern Scholar House is a great example of Fahe meeting our strategic commitment to education in Appalachia.

We collaborated with educational partners, investment partners, and local leaders like Fahe Member Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. to provide support for single parents who have made a commitment to furthering education. The 39 two-bedroom apartment facility provides more than just housing as residents have access to an on-site, certified child development facility for up to 80 children, counseling services, life skills workshops, and a convenient location near services and amenities on Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond campus.

The Eastern Scholar house is open to eligible full-time students enrolled in an approved post-secondary institution such as Eastern Kentucky University, Berea College, University of Kentucky, Bluegrass Community & Technical College, More-head State University, and others. The program helps to increase self-sufficiency and combat generational poverty by re-moving some of the barriers to affordable housing and child care costs which are an impediment to increased education, job attainment, and independence.

Fahe provided assistance in various sources of funding including:

  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • Community Development Block Grant
  • Federal Home Loan Bank
  • $6 million Construction Loan

“One of the biggest motivations to go back to school was my son. Not only am I pursuing my dreams for industrial psychology but my son has the opportunity to pursue his dreams because he’s going to be an attendee of the Head Start. The Eastern Scholar House is a blessing. I wouldn’t be here without their support.”

—Whitney Ballew, ESH Resident