Membership Messages

West Virginia and Maryland Member Update August 23, 2019

IMPORTANT Reminders!

PLEASE – send us your 1 page flyer for our Member display at the Annual Meeting by NOON on Monday, Aug. 26th

Fahe Annual Meeting & Rural Initiatives Conference – Sept. 9-12 ~ Hilton Knoxville – Register NOW to ensure your spot at the Rural Conference (free with Annual Mtg. registration) Information HERE

WVHDF REO Properties Available to Nonprofits: (check email from Vonda dated 8/14)

WVHDF is offering non-profit partners an opportunity to express interest in purchasing certain lots available for sale at a nominal, agreed upon price, provided the organization can utilize the property for the development of safe, decent, and affordable housing units in West Virginia.  

The lots are listed below. In many cases, the original homes have been removed from the premises.  Should your organization be interested in purchasing any of the lots and meets the non-profit status, please submit an offer to on or prior to Monday, September 30th.

Address County
29 Birch Lane, Wheeling Ohio
2956 5th Ave, Huntington Cabell
318 Loeb Street, Weirton Hancock
103 Oakley Ave. Nitro Kanawha
5344 Main Street, Charleston Kanawha
41 Garrison Ave., Charleston Kanawha
637 Dingess Street, Logan Logan
1311 Andersen Ct, Fairmont Marion
307 Henderson Street, Henderson Mason
Lot 187 Block D, Jenkinjones McDowell
Box 392, Iaeger McDowell
4718 Piedmont Road, Huntington Wayne
1780 S Pine Street, Wayne Wayne
603 Reed Street, Parkersburg Wood

If there is a need for financing the purchase of property, Fahe’s Community Loan Services could be of assistance – contact Dwain Neeley at or 859-986-2321 x6257.


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

The HUD-VASH program combines HUD Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by local VA Medical Centers (VAMCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), or other entities as designated by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA medical facility refers all eligible HUD-VASH families to the partnering Public Housing Agency (PHA).

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


(No Member Connection call in August)

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

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


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.

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

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


This is YOUR Caucus Newsletter – if you have items you’d like to share, Email Jackie

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, while also maintaining a peer-review process to ensure quality and rigor.  Check out the table of contents for articles that might be relevant to your organization. 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.

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

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