Membership Messages

Kentucky Member Update October 11, 2019

SAVE THE DATE! Fahe Spring Retreat – April 22-23, Berea

Fahe Annual Meeting & Rural Initiatives Conference – resources including presentations, materials and photos are available on the website check it out HERE and HERE

Fahe Annual Meeting Survey & Rural Conference survey are waiting for your responses!

Exciting Opportunity from Kiran Singh Sirah, President, International Storytelling Center: If you know of any Appalachian youth, emerging artists or young people, aged between 16-30 years that you feel could benefit from participating in our upcoming Appalachian youth summit, please could you put them in touch with Lilli Erbach our youth Summit Coordinator.

This summit is free for participants, and includes travel stipends for participants, meals and accommodation support if needed for those traveling from a distance. It is a unique opportunity to network and learn with other Appalachian Youth all passionate about creating change, and making a difference to Appalachia, through storytelling.

This is our second year of this three year summit series. Last year the National Humanities Alliance featured our annual summit as a project that convenes young social entrepreneurs from Appalachia to support one another’s social initiatives Power of Storytelling


KHC –  2020 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Tax-Exempt Bonds with Gap Financing. Through this NOFA, KHC is making available a combined total of $5.7 million of HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF), and National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) funds.  NOFA responses are due by Fri., Dec. 20. Development Team Capacity applications for the NOFA response are due by Wed., Nov. 20. Questions? please contact Tracy Thurston or by phone: 800-633-8896 or 502-564-7630, extension 218  

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland will present two Investment Connection events in 2019 in which selected proposals will be “pitched” to an audience of funders:
  • October 15: Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville, OH (9:00 am-noon)
  • October 30: Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, KY (9:30 am-12:30 pm) | Register
Proposals will address the needs of low- and moderate-income populations in southeast Ohio or Eastern Kentucky related to the following categories:
  • Affordable housing/healthy communities
  • Asset building/financial access, capability, and empowerment
  • Broadband services/digital inclusion
  • Community services and facilities
  • Small business development/microlending
  • Workforce development/economic development

Questions, please email them to

Office of National Drug Control Policy – Per Anne Hazlett – they send out news about funding announcements every few weeks– if anyone wants to be added to that list, please email Betty-Ann Bryce

USDA – check out the Interest Rate decreases for Single Family Direct loans, effective 8/1 and updated Income Limits for 2019


Thurs. Oct. 31, 2019 10am-3pm – KY Caucus Meeting – Fahe Office: 319 Oak St., Berea

If you didn’t have a chance to attend the Appalachian Housing Needs Webinar on May 1, you can watch it HERE


Registration is OPEN for the NTI in Portland, OR – Dec. 9-13 – Check your email and send in your Slot Requests for Fed. FY2020 to Jackie

Additional NTI’s: May 18-22 – Los Angeles, CA; August 17-21 – Washington, DC

October Calendar of free webinars from Firespring 

HUD released a new online course called CHDO Opportunities in HOME. This self-paced online training serves as both a comprehensive introduction and an important refresher on regulatory requirements for CHDOs under the HOME Program.

JOB POSTINGS  – New posting for a Mutual Self-Help Construction Supervisor Morehead, KY ~ Fahe, Member and Partner job postings HERE  Jobs available: MACED, ReFrame Job Board HERE


HPN Select (FREE Membership) and The Home Depot Pro™ have teamed up to provide you with a catalog of valuable products needed as your units turn over. Click HERE to find 19 products and our special deals. This offer is good through October 31, 2019. 

From Katy Stigers: Fahe is represented in the current issue of the Journal of Appalachian Health. This new journal focuses on rapid sharing of results and knowledge about health in Appalachia. It is open source/open access so unlike many scholarly publications it is easy to access. The articles are readable for a lay audience, with a peer-review process to ensure quality and rigor.  Check out the table of contents for relevant articles. Initially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Check out the “Voices from the Hollow section” and share your thoughts! 

Fahe Community Lending is rolling out a referral program for Members ONLY. Details HERE

CHECK IT OUT:  Fahe’s Lending Directory

Katy Stigers’ Report on Issues Facing Rural Housing

The KY Solar Advocacy Network, a network of 10 solar advocacy organizations from around the state is planning a coalition-wide action on Monday October 14th. Join them on the day before Solar Net Metering public comments are due as they drop off hundreds of comments from solar supporters across the state. They will also have a press conference with several solar experts.

They would appreciate a large turnout. If you can be in Frankfort on Monday from 11-12:30, please RSVP using this form.

You can submit your own written comments to the PSC by October 15th. For help on submitting your own comments, check out their sample talking points.

You can also RSVP to give oral comments at the Administrative Hearing on November 13th.

Press Conference and Comment Drop

Monday October 14th


PSC Office- 211 Sower Blvd, Frankfort, KY 40601