Membership Messages

Tennessee and Alabama Member Update August 30, 2019

IMPORTANT Reminders!

PLEASE – send us your 1 page flyer for our Member display at the Annual Meeting by NOON on Tuesday, Sept. 3

Fahe Annual Meeting & Rural Initiatives Conference – Sept. 9-12 ~ Hilton Knoxville – Register NOW for both the Rural Conference (free with Annual Mtg. registration) Information HERE


ARC is currently seeking proposals from eligible organizations to partner on a new high school entrepreneurship summer program. The program will provide comprehensive entrepreneurial training and supportive services to selected high school students who will be seniors during the 2020–2021 academic year. Read the Request for Proposals, which must be submitted by close of business on our newly extended deadline of September 6, 2019.

HUD – (NOFA) posted: FY 2019 CoC Program Competition: Funding Availability. The CoC Application, CoC Priority Listing, and Project Applications will be available the week of July 8, 2019 in e-snaps. Collaborative Submission Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM EDT

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

UPCOMING Fahe EVENTS – (No Member Connection call in August)

Sept. 9-10, 2019 – Fahe Annual Meeting & Sept. 10-12 Rural Initiatives Conference ~ Hilton Knoxville


Finance + Arts Webinar SeriesSession One: Finance and the Arts, Tourism & Agribusiness
Session 2 – Sept. 4, Session 3: October 9

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Appalachian Gateway Communities Regional Workshop, to be held November 5-7, 2019 in Bristol, TN. This 3-day team-based workshop will provide communities with the skills needed to drive sustainable economic development while preserving their unique community character. To be eligible to participate in the workshop, communities must be  in an ARC-designated distressed, transitional, or at-risk county. Applications are due September 16.

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.

Online Self-Guided Training from NWA – Fahe has purchased unlimited access to 22 training courses, registration (free of charge to Fahe Members). You can register through Sept. 30 and have 60 days in which to complete the course and tests. Contact Jackie for registration info.


THDA Program Reports, Maps & Data HERE

‘Save the Date’ for the 2020 Tennessee Housing Conference at the Music City Center in Nashville. The conference, which will feature a variety of speakers and breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics, will take place on March 11-12, 2020. Check for updates on the upcoming conference. You can also apply for competitive scholarships for nonprofits and undergraduate college students. Click this link for more information.

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AHFA received a total 188 comments regarding the draft plans. The proposed plans and comments are available for download at

Help Community Heroes Purchase a Home – New Program! Community Heroes, in partnership with FHLB-Atlanta helps law enforcement officers, public school educators, firefighters, and other first responders purchase a home.  Learn more HERE

JOB POSTINGS  – New posting for President/CEO – Highlands Housing, London, KY ~ Fahe, Member and Partner job postings HERE  Jobs available: MACED, ReFrame Job Board HERE


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

Questions or to express interest in Fahe Strategic Programs?  Please email Matt Coburn

Harvard’s Joint Center on Housing Studies reports in The State of the Nation’s Housing 2019

The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013–2017 American Community Survey, also known as “The Chartbook.” contains over 300,000 data points about Appalachia’s socioeconomic experience, and examines data change over recent years to show trends.