Membership Messages

West Virginia and Maryland Member Update October 11, 2019

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

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


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

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


Friday, Nov. 1st – (NEW DATE) 11am-3pm – WV Caucus Meeting – RCCR Office, 1516 E. Washington St., Charleston

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 

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.

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

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

The HUB is excited to co-host the Small Communities, BIG Solutions Conference on October 22-23 at BridgeValley’s Advanced Technology Center in South Charleston, WV. Partnering with the Alliance for Economic Development of Southern West Virginia and Coalfield Development, the conference gives us a chance to celebrate a few of our heroes on a larger stage – we hope with you.

Will you be there with us? Register for the conference today »