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2020 marks Fahe’s 40th anniversary of building the American Dream. Over these four decades, Fahe has invested over $1.5 Billion which has directly changed the lives of over 616,000 people.  Our 50+ Members, all local leaders, are directly responsible for our ability to connect communities to investments and opportunity. As we celebrate our anniversary throughout the year, we are taking time to acknowledge and showcase our Members and highlight the important work they are doing which will impact the future of our communities for the next 40 years and beyond.

Randolph County Housing Authority –Elkins, WV

Fahe Member Randolph County Housing Authority (RCHA) has been serving the residents of North Central West Virginia since 1979. Originally founded to meet the needs of rural home repair for low-income households in a three county area, RCHA has grown exponentially. Beginning with home rehab and construction, RCHA has expanded into community development, property management and development, and home financing assistance across seven counties – Barbor, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, and Upshur.

Embracing their role as a non-traditional housing authority, RCHA promotes strong communities and healthy lives in the rural region it serves. Through RCHA’s rental assistance program, more than 600 families are assisted each year whose household income equals 50% or less of the area’s median income.

As a part of their community development initiatives, RCHA operates YouthBuild North Central. The YouthBuild program is a nationwide organization whose mission is focused on giving low-income youth the support and training they need to rebuild their communities and lives. Every year, YouthBuild North Central serves 30 youths through their holistic leadership development program, GED prep, and job training. The participants also have the opportunity to learn construction basics while building two units of housing over a ten month training cycle. With a 70% rate of employment upon graduation, the program has been a huge a success for the students and the community.

RCHA also partners closely with three other nonprofit organizations to fulfill their mission: Fahe Member Woodlands Development Group, Fahe Member Homeownership Center, and Highlands Community Builders.

RCHA’s Executive Director Karen Jacobson serves as the current Board Chair of Fahe.

To learn more about Randolph County Housing Authority or to keep up with their current projects, follow these links:

Randolph County Housing Authority
RCHA Facebook

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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