Bringing financial deals together in Appalachia can be a difficult process. One of the ways Fahe helps to build the American Dream is by providing extra capacity and expertise for organizations working to uplift our communities. In particular, our Strategic Programs department offers consulting and application preparation services for our Members, community development organizations, cities, and municipalities.
In 2019, we are proud to have written the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) application which secured $6.7 Million towards the $7.8 Million needed to fund the Don Ball Campus Center located in Lexington, Kentucky. It provides community meeting rooms and affordable housing for up to 48 men who have graduated from the Hope Center’s recovery program. Residents have access to employment, recovery, and social services programs as well as health clinic access. Tina Cain, a Senior Program Manager at Fahe, was instrumental in the process.
The Hope Center provides a wide array of services to persons who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. These services include food, shelter, clothing, recovery from addiction, mental health diagnosis and treatment, transitional housing, permanent housing, employment assistance, social services, support for veterans, mobile and street outreach, housing first, and more.
Housing services like the Don Ball Campus Center are essential as people transition back into their communities. It provides a safe drug and alcohol- free environment which allows people in recovery the ability and space to focus on work, family, and their future while maintaining sobriety.
With the rise of the opioid epidemic, Fahe has increased our effort in recovery services to ensure people and communities in Appalachia have increased access, especially in commonly underserved rural areas. Such services help to decrease recidivism, create new pathways to employment, and provide support as people take control of their lives.
The Hope Center has been helping to change lives and uplift the community since the early 90s. By helping them and other organizations increase their capacity, Fahe is ensuring increased investment, opportunity, and hope in the region.