Membership Messages

West Virginia and Maryland Member Update October 24, 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

West Virginia 5-Year Consolidated Plan Needs Assessment Survey:  Your response to the community needs assessment survey will help us identify priorities for the use of these funds.The Survey is available until March 23, 2020 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.

HAC’s Affordable Housing for Rural Veterans initiative supports local nonprofit housing development organizations that meet or help meet the affordable housing needs of veterans in rural areas. Grants typically range up to $30,000 per organization and must support bricks-and-mortar projects that assist low-income, elderly and/or disabled veterans with home repair and rehab needs, support homeless veterans, help veterans become homeowners and/or secure affordable rental housing. This initiative is funded through the generous support of the Home Depot Foundation. Applications are due November 15 by 5:00 pm Eastern time. For more information, contact HAC staff,

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


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

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


Slot Registration is closed for the NTI in Portland, OR – Dec. 9-13

Additional NTI’s: May 18-22 – Los Angeles, CA; August 17-21 – Washington, DC

October Calendar of free webinars from Firespring 


CDBG-MIT Webinar Series – Public Participation & Citizen Action Group – Requirements & Best Practices, October 30, 2019 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDT Register Today

NEW HUD online course: 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:

Nov. 12-14, Tampa, FLHAC offers Section 502 packaging training for nonprofits, this three-day advanced course trains experienced participants to assist potential borrowers and work with RD staff, other nonprofits and regional intermediaries to deliver successful Section 502 loan packages. For more information, contact HAC staff, 404-892-4824.  

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


Washington Post article onRenaissance Village, Welch, WV

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

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