Membership Messages

West Virginia and Maryland Member Update April 5, 2019

From Dwain: The Fahe Loan Committee approved $4.395 million dollars in CLS loans to Fahe Members at their 3/21 meeting. The funds will support Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham and Eastern Eight CDC as they build affordable housing and will fund the acquisition and operation of Housing Authority of Mingo County’s new residential recovery facility.

APRIL IS FAIR HOUSING MONTH! Check HERE for events & materials. Contact Jackie to share what you are doing to inform and celebrate in your community.

Registration is OPEN! Spring Retreat – April 24-25 ~ Boone Tavern Conference Center, Berea


  • Funding Opportunities
  • Training
  • Partner Updates
  • Upcoming Events
  • Job Postings
  • Of Interest!

Just Transition Fund 2019 Rapid Response Fund­ – accepting proposals immediately, continuing on a rolling basis until November 1, 2019. To apply: Contact Mandy Bridenhagen and send a brief, one-paragraph summary describing what you seek funding for and why. If invited to submit a proposal, we will send your organization a link to a short application form.

ARC POWER INITIATIVE RFP has been released, Application due April 10

HUDRound 3 YHDP NOFA:Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program is now available. Designed to address systemic responses to youth homelessness and significantly reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness in up to 25 participating communities (8 of which will be rural). Deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM EDT 

Webinar hosted by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness: Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program: Strategies for Success – review of the YHDP application and strategies for success. Also covered, what to expect if your community is awarded the grant. April 12, 3-4:30 p.m. ET   Register

USDA-RD will begin accepting the first round of applications for the Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program) on April 23, 2019, through

Deadlines are:

  • May 31, 2019, for grants;
  • June 21, 2019, for loan/grant combinations; and
  • July 12, 2019, for low-interest loans.

Applicants can request technical assistance from USDA by filling out the contact form at 

FHLB Cincinnati: The WELCOME HOME program opened March 1- contact David Brock or Linda Sabino at JCL for details. These funds go fast so please act quickly to reserve a spot for your client!!


April 17 – May 14NWA Course: Strategic Thinking & Planning View the full course description. Faculty-led online course focuses on why strategic thinking and effective planning are vital to organizational survival and success. Ideal attendees include executive and senior management staff members, board members, and staff members of nonprofit organizations responsible for facilitating a strategic planning process. Virtual Classroom Participant Guide     REGISTRATION DEADLINE 4/17

Thur. April 25 – WVHDF’s 2019 Green Building Training for Residential Housing.  At the Fund’s office in Charleston, WV.  Please use the Registration Form which is a fillable PDF  for each attendee. The registration fee is $100 per person.  Payment may be made in the form of cash, check, or money order, and is due with your registration form.  (No credit or debit cards.)

Fri., April 26 WVHDF 2019 Fair Housing and Americans with Disabilities Training. At the Fund’s office in Charleston, WV. Registration fee – $50 per person.  Payment may be made in the form of cash, check, or money order, and is due with your registration form.  (No credit or debit cards.) Fillable Registration Form

Low Cost/FreeNonprofit Leadership Center Training: Allstate Foundation in cooperation with the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

NeighborWorks America NTI – The last NTI of the year: New Orleans, LA    Aug 19-23 (expect registration information late spring)

USDA LINC’s Training and Resource Library



Housing Program information HERE

Public Hearings for the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan:

Wed. April 10, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ~ WV Housing Development Fund, First Floor Training Room, 5710 MacCorkle Ave. S.E., Charleston, WV 25304

Tue., April 16, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ~ WVU Tech, Robert C. Byrd Learning Bldg, 3rd Floor, Rm 322, Beckley, WV 25801

Thur., April 25,  2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ~ Fairmont-Morgantown Housing Authority Main Office, 103 12th Street, Multi-Purpose Room, Fairmont, WV 26554

If you’re unable to attend a Public Hearing and desire to submit a written comment, please email written comments concerning HOME and HTF to:

WV Community Development HUB –  #NewStoryWV – Telling a New Story about WV starting today – Read about it HERE

2019 Legislative Bill Tracker    Legislative Activity Calendar

Do you have a vacant school in your community? Let the APC know about it! The Abandoned Properties Coalition (APC) is asking West Virginians to fill out a 5-minute survey to help find out.

USDA: Improvements to Online Tool Single Family Housing (SFH) Direct Eligibility Assessment tool found on the USDA Income and Property Eligibility Site

Announcement on Recovery Housing in Rural Communities

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Notices of proposed rulemaking regarding the Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans Rule (2017 Payday Lending Rule) here. The Delay NPRM proposes to delay the compliance date for the mandatory underwriting provisions available here. You can access the summary and redline here.


Blog: Trends in Home Repair Volunteer Numbers & Recruitment Ideas, a comparison of 20 organizations and tips for increasing volunteer numbers.

Sessions from their Conference: ADVOCACY 101 , Asset-Based Community Development (ABCDs) for Home Repair, Presenter’s notes from the session here. Reframing Home Repair Nonprofits for Philanthropy


April 24-25 – Fahe ED’s Spring RetreatBoone Tavern Conference Center, Berea, KY  Register HERE  ROOM BLOCK CLOSES THIS FRI. 4/5 – CALL 1-800-366-9358 TO RESERVE!

Sept. 9-13 – Annual Meeting & Rural Housing Summit ~ Hilton Knoxville

Sept. 18-20WV Housing Conference – Charleston

JOB POSTINGS  – Check out a new posting from Frontier: Accounting Clerk;  that and more Fahe, Member and Partner job postings HERE

Jobs available: MACED, Rural LISC/RCAC: HERE  ReFrame Job Board HERE


Are you interested in Rural Prosperity through the Arts and Creative Sector? Check out this report and resources:A Rural Action Guide for Governors and States

From NRHC: You can find the 116th Congress committee assignments for the House and Senate appropriation subcommittees on: Agriculture and Rural Development; Labor and HHS; and Transportation and HUD HERE

Questions or to express interest in Fahe Strategic Programs?  Please email Tyler Johnson

Resources from Previous Webinars/Spring/Annual Meetings can be found HERE

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