Membership Messages

West Virginia and Maryland Member Newsletter November 22, 2019

SAVE THE DATE! Spring Retreat – April 22-23, Berea; Sept. 22-24, 2020Annual Meeting

View Fahe’s New Annual Report HERE

NEWSLETTERS – Upcoming changes! Beginning 2020, published once/month, improved readability, useful content, topics chosen by you!    IMPORTANT – new email marketing rules require people to OPT IN to receive the newsletter.  Enter your information and which caucus newsletter(s) you wish to receive.  If you are not the person in your organization who needs to receive these updates or if you have addt’l people who should receive them, please share the sign up link:

We would love it if those interested would sign up by December 20th to ensure they’re on the list in time to start receiving the new newsletter.

CAUCUS & FAHE CALENDARS – a calendar of events has been set up for each caucus and one for Fahe-wide interest.  When TIME-SENSITIVE funding opportunities, announcements, and calls to action arise, they will be added to the appropriate calendars.  Separate sign-up for these announcements will also be required and we will provide addt’l instructions to make this sign up an easy process at a future date.

Partners for Rural Transformation Update (formerly Persistent Poverty Working Group)

From Jim: Driven by a vision of a future where persistent poverty no longer exists in our nation, six CDFIs located in and serving regions with a high prevalence of persistent poverty came together to advance that shared vision. Called the Partners for Rural Transformation, the CDFIs, Community Development Corporation of Brownsville (CDCB), Communities Unlimited (CU), Fahe, First Nations Oweesta Corporation (Oweesta), (HOPE) Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union, and Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), represent three quarters of the nation’s persistent poverty counties and have records of accomplishment spanning multiple decades. With a shared ethos of investing in both people and place and informed by the voices of local people, the organizations seek to unify around diverse opportunities in communities of Native people, Latino individuals, and rural white and black residents in a time of great division in our nation. Our recent white paper “Transforming Persistent Poverty in America” can be found HERE

Fahe President Jim King and Members, Duane Yoder (Garrett Co. CAC, Maryland), and Rob Goldsmith (People, Inc., VA) were recently interviewed by the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group (CSG) as part of their research that identified “Rural Development Hub” intermediaries as effective community and economic development partners in rural America. CSG has now published the final report of this research, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The final report can be found here: Rural Development Hubs: Strengthening America’s Rural Innovation Infrastructure

We encourage you to read the report and share it with your wider networks.

From the HUB: Taking power back – 100 Days in Appalachia is seeking West Virginians who want to share their stories! Ahead of the 2020 election we are bringing together, for the first time, a group of Appalachian people of all backgrounds and walks of life that will help the rest of America better understand what is really happening here. We’re calling it the “Appalachian Advisors Network,” and our goal is to help national and international news outlets better understand what is happening in your communities. More information HERE


If you work in an Opportunity Zone, Opportunity Appalachia might be a resource via ACC of technical assistance funding and training for project readiness for submission of an opportunity zone application.  More information HERE Please save the date for the Opportunity Appalachia Summit next January 13 at the Bridgeport Conference Center in Bridgeport, WV.

ARC – POWER Initiatives Application WorkshopJoin ARC staff and other experts to learn how to develop a strong application for POWER 2020 in response to the POWER 2020 RFP (available in early December). All workshops will run from 9am–3pm and are free to attend

Wed., January 15, 2020 – Delta by Marriott, Ashland KY; 1441 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101 Registration info HERE

Tues., January 28 – Johnson City, TN. Pre-registration required. Lunch provided.  Registration info HERE

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

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


April 22-23, 2020 – Fahe Spring Retreat – Boone Tavern, Berea

September 22-24, 2020 – Fahe Annual Meeting


The timeline is winding down to complete you online training! Please remember to send your certificates of completion to Jackie!

NWA NTI’s: May 18-22 – Los Angeles (registration late Jan/early Feb); August 17-21 – Washington, DC

November 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:

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


Fannie Mae Energy Efficiency Resources Presentation

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

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