The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced 33 POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Awards totaling $22.8 Million. These awards are projected to create or retain nearly 1,000 jobs, benefit 3,300 students and workers, and leverage more than $21.8 Million.
Fahe is proud to receive an award for $1 Million for our Second Chance Employment project. Fahe will expand successful reemployment models into six coal impacted counties in eastern Kentucky. The program will not only focus on providing opportunities for training and paid internships for people in addiction recovery but it will also work to lift the stigma many employers have about people going through recovery.
Fahe is partnering with DV8 and Addiction Recovery Care to ensure the success of the project. DV8 has a long and successful history as a second-chance employer and will provide job training for participants, as well as education and exposure for potential employers. Addiction Recovery Care has a long history of providing extensive care and wrap-around services for people going through recovery. They will work with participants at their facilities to ensure they are job ready as well as providing employers access to their expertise. Fahe aims to place 30 paid interns from Kentucky recovery facilities in six-month internships with the potential for full hire with satisfactory job performance.
Fahe Member Housing Development Alliance (HDA) is also an award recipient, receiving $833,670 for the Hope Building program. HDA is partnering with Perry County Drug Court, Hickory Hill Recovery Center for Men, Hazard Community and Technical College, and Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program to provide people in addiction recovery with training and support to re-enter the workforce.
Fahe Member People Inc. received $486,769 for the New Market Tax Credit Project Growth in Appalachia project. The program will provide technical assistance and advisory services to entrepreneurial star-ups, emerging businessesss, units of local government, and other community-based organizations to engage in and carry out high impact, capital intensive projects.
The Fletcher Group was awarded $1.6 Million for the Recovery, Hope, Opportunity and Resiliency program (RHOAR) which will establish new addiction recovery programs to help address the challenges of unemployment and opioid use in KY. Fahe is proud to be partnering on this program.
ARC has always been a great partner and we’re appreciative of the funding we see coming into the region which strengthens our local leaders and creates lasting impact in Appalachia.