Member Spotlight: Beattyville Housing and Development Corporation

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The Fahe Network consists of 50+ Member organizations, spanning across the Appalachian portions of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama, and Maryland. During the best of times, these local leaders provide essential services to their communities including housing, economic, and community development. During times of crisis they stand with their communities, often increasing or modifying the types of services available to match the current need. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, the Fahe Network has served the region for 40 years Building the American Dream. This collaboration has invested over $1.5 Billion into Appalachia, which has directly impacted the lives of over 616,000 people. We are taking the time to celebrate each of these Members during our 40th anniversary, as we continue in partnership to ensure that no community is left behind.

Beattyville Housing and Development Corporation—Beattyville, KY

Beattyville Housing and Development Corporation (BHDC) operates in Lee County, KY which is recognized as one of the poorest counties in the country.  Since 1995, BHDC has been creating affordable housing opportunities and essential community development for the people of Lee County and the neighboring counties of Owsley and Wolfe.

As one of the few organizations of their type in the area, BHDC offers a holistic approach to ensure a variety of needs are being met in their community.  BHDC’s services include homeownership, homeowner rehab, rental development, rental assistance, food assistance, and homeless services.

Over the last two decades, BHDC has helped build 90 new homes, assisted over 100 families with homeowner repairs, invested $11 million in housing initiatives, and added over $7 million to the local tax base. They have become a staple organization in their community and actively operate other community based services such as the Lee Co. Helping Hands Food Bank/God’s Pantry.

BHDC has spearheaded several notable initiatives in their communities. In the early 1990’s thanks to the leadership of then mayor Charlie Beach, Fahe assisted in the formation of the Crystal Creek Subdivision which was the first new housing construction in the City of Beattyville in the last decade.   Working closely with local officials and USDA RD, BHDC provided 50 + families with affordable housing and an increase of approximately $4.5 million to the city’s tax base.   More recently, BHDC addressed the chronic homelessness issue in the area through the construction of Beattyville Hope Station (BHS). BHS provides safe and secure housing for 32 people experiencing homelessness.  It also provides access to one-on-one case management, educational services including Narcotics Anonymous, and educational and transitional services.   

BHDC has been a Member of the Fahe Network for 20 years.  In addition to Building the American Dream for families in their communities, the staff of BHDC have made themselves available as mentors and valuable resources to other Members in the Network. 

To learn more about BHDC or their services, visit the links below.



Join our Anniversary Celebration

Over the course of 2020, we will be celebrating Fahe’s history through sharing historical photos, family stories, and future projects, as well as other Member Highlights. Please join our 40th anniversary celebration by sharing your memories, pictures, and support for Fahe on social media.  Please join in by using the hashtag #WeAreFahe. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Olivia Brock Schemanski
Olivia Brock Schemanski
Olivia Brock Schemanski serves as Fahe's Communication VISTA. She holds a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University. She's an avid lover of music and in her free time she enjoys photography, going to concerts and re-watching "The Office."

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