Membership Messages

Tennessee and Alabama Member Update October 17, 2019

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

If you haven’t yet completed the Caucus Member Update Survey  please take a few moments to do it so we can include your organization’s information in the caucus packet. Please complete by Friday, Oct. 25.

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


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

Kaboom grant for playground equipment – rolling deadline, fundraising match required – check it out HERE Frequently Asked questions/answers HERE

Appalachia Funders NetworkCreative Placemaking Opportunity: The Arts & Culture Group of AFN released this  RFP looking for an artist/writer to commission to (1) write 4-6 profiles of projects that integrate arts and culture into their community economic development work, and (2) write 20-30 brief summaries of projects that integrate arts and culture into community economic development work. The RFP includes details of the project. You can also find the posting on the Network’s website, here. The deadline to submit proposals is end of day Monday, November 4.


Wed. Nov. 6 – 11am-3pm Eastern (10am-2pm Central) – TN Caucus Meeting: Crossville Housing Authority Office: 67 Irwin Ave, Crossville, TN 38555

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 


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.

Update: Lead Safe Housing Rule Materials are now posted on the following training pages:


THDA Program Reports, Maps & Data HERE

‘Save the Date’ for the 2020 Tennessee Housing Conference at the Music City Center in Nashville. March 11-12, 2020. Check for updates. You can also apply for competitive scholarships for nonprofits and undergraduate college students. Click this link for more information.

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


Looking for data about your community? Learn an easy way to access social, economic, housing, and demographic statistics for your selected area or multiple areas on Helpful videos 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 only good until 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

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