Fahe Member Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. (KRFDC) creates a difference in their Appalachian communities through a variety of services including affordable housing, alcohol and drug recovery, education and skills training, transportation, and many other supportive services. Recently, they celebrated their 100th home through a groundbreaking ceremony in Clay City, KY.
Ms. Shay Powell was congratulated at the site of her new home by members of the community as well as representatives and speakers from Kentucky Housing Corporation, USDA, and Fahe.
Jimmy Stone, KRFDC’s Director of Housing, presented Ms. Powell with a house warming gift and spoke about how the 100th house represents the organization’s accomplishments in developing the community and how each home represents the accomplishments of the individuals and families who live there.
KRFDC’s Affordable Housing Program provides housing opportunities to low-and moderate-income families and individuals in Estill and Powell counties. Persons living at or below 80 percent of the median income are eligible to apply.
Homeowners like Ms. Powell who go through Foothills’s housing program receive continuous support from a housing coordinator who provides case management and advocacy targeted at self-sufficiency and self-reliance.
In addition to the homeownership program, KRFDC offers a variety of other housings program including Weatherization, Tenant Based Rental Assistance, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and the Eastern Scholar House program.
Homeownership is an important factor in Fahe’s mission to eliminate persistent poverty in Appalachia. Owning a home allows a family to build wealth, improve health outcomes, and increase opportunities in many other aspects of life.