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Eastern Scholar House




Construction has begun on the Eastern Scholar House. Prioritizing services for single parents who have made a commitment to furthering education, Scholar House provides more than just housing. Residents will have access to an on-site, certified child development facility for up to 80 children, case management services, life skills workshops, and a convenient location near services and amenities on Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond campus.

The Eastern Scholar House will increase self-sufficiency and combat generational poverty by removing some of the barriers to affordable housing and child care costs which are an impediment to increased education, job attainment, and independence.

The Eastern Scholar House will be located at 800 Brockton area of EKU’s campus near the University’s Fitness and Wellness Center. Residents receive case management, workshops, and access to various programs including parenting skills, management of family resources, nutrition, work skills, problem solving, and job search techniques. Most of these services are free. Housing and childcare are income based.

To participate in the Scholar House educational program, participants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible for a Housing Choice Voucher, and be full time students.


In 2017, single-parent households in eastern Kentucky will have additional access to housing while they pursue a college degree through a revolutionary program called Eastern Scholar House.

Primarily funded by the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), this comprehensive program includes housing, child care, counseling, workshops, support from neighbors and staff, and special activities. Eastern Scholar House will be operated by a limited liability limited partnership (LLLP), managed by Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. (KRFDC).

KRFDC and Eastern Kentucky University began working intently on the project earlier this year. Primary among EKU’s support of the project is the long-term land lease for the property upon which the Eastern Scholar House will be located. Other Scholar Houses are located in Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Paducah, Owensboro, and Pikeville.

Scholar House projects are housing and education initiatives that enables the head of household to reach self-sufficiency. The housing and education components are operated as one unit, with housing depending on the client’s successful participation in an educational institution.

Scholar House participants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible for a Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8), and be full-time students working toward a degree at an institution of higher learning. Single parents are given first priority.

Program participants receive counseling, workshops, and support from neighbors and staff, while fulfilling academic or vocational training coursework as full-time students. Programs that involve enhanced health maintenance, parenting skills, management of family resources, nutritional knowledge, problem solving, work skills, and job search techniques will be offered through Scholar House. Most of these services are free. Housing and childcare are based on the participant’s income.

This project will consist of three apartment buildings located at the 800 Brockton area on EKU’s campus. There will be 39 housing units, consisting of 39 two-bedroom apartments, of which two are fully-handicap accessible living quarters. There will also be an on-site certified child development facility to allow time for the parents to attend classes and focus on their education. The child development facility will be designed to serve approximately 80 children.

Once residents graduate from Eastern Scholar House, they will be allowed ample time to find employment and move into permanent housing.

Fahe, a 501(c) non-profit located in Berea that serves Appalachia through affordable housing, community development, and job creation, has steered the project since its inception.

Eastern Scholar House, a $9.3 million project, will be funded in a variety of ways.

The project’s primary source of construction funding will be derived from Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Various other grants, such as the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati’s Affordable Housing Program, will also aid the project. Most notably the City of Richmond, also a project supporter, received a $1 million Community Development Block Grant from the Kentucky Department of Local Government. This grant will be used for construction costs. KRFDC has also secured several deferred loans that will be used for project development cost.

To assist with tenant rental costs, project-based housing vouchers will be provided through the Richmond Section 8 Office which is also a project partner.

Voelker Blackburn Niehoff Architects (VBNA), which has extensive experience designing apartments and child development facilities, is the architect for the project. VBNA has experience with Scholar House in Louisville and a childcare facility at Kentucky State University.

KRFDC, an experienced non-profit developer and service provider, has a long history of working with EKU, KHC and the City of Richmond, as well as with the projects primary funding sources.

Eastern Scholar House is expected to open in the summer of 2017.

Due to various project complexities, including those associated with funding requirements, adaptations should not be made to this information. For example the project will operate a “certified child development facility” – not a “daycare”.

All media inquiries should be sent to David McFaddin (EKU) at 859.622.1509 or Karen Atkins (KRFDC) at 859.624.2046, ext. 1111.


Why is Eastern Scholar House needed?
More families than ever are struggling to move beyond poverty toward educational success and economic security. Provided with the right resources, single-parents can make a difference for their children and their family.

What is Eastern Scholar House?
Eastern Scholar House is an educational program with a housing and child care component. It is aimed toward single parents who want to earn a post-secondary degree in an area of their choosing. Upon finishing the Program, the participant is better equipped to support their families, eventually becoming self-sufficient and independent of housing and public assistance. Self-sufficiency is a new concept for families who come from generations of government assistance. They learn that they and their children can continue their education, earn a living, and be self-sufficient, giving them pride when their goals are reached.

What are the program qualifications?
Single-parent students applying for Eastern Scholar House must be interested in achieving long-term self-sufficiency and meet the following qualifications:

- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Be a single parent with primary custody of their child/children. Preschool children not enrolled in a public preschool program must be enrolled in the child development facility
- Meet low-income housing requirements / be eligible for Section 8 subsidized housing
- Be a full-time student working towards a degree at an institution of higher learning.

If you meet the qualifications or know someone you think would benefit from this program, please continue to monitor this page for program application guidelines (applications will be taken in January 2017).

How will the apartments look?
Eastern Scholar House will have three, three-story apartment buildings. Two of these will have 12 apartments and the other will have 15 apartments. All of the apartments will be approximately 800 sq. feet and have two bedrooms, a living/dining space, a full kitchen, a laundry room, and a full bathroom. The apartments will be equipped with appliances including a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and washer/dryer. Two of the apartments are handicap accessible.
(photo of floor plan)

Can you describe the child development center?
Education, from early childhood through postsecondary, is a core element of Eastern Scholar House. The most common reason for a single parent not attending college is the lack of available childcare.
The Child Development Center serves the childcare needs of parents while they are attending classes and working. The center is licensed to care for children ranging from ages 6 weeks to 12 years. At the center children enjoy a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.

The center features a playground, offices, meeting space, and classrooms where children are split by their age level.

What other services are provided?
An assigned staff member will work with the participant and the family to make sure the participant is on track with school, attends classes, and provides required grade records each grading period. Staff will guide participants toward resources, such as food stamps, child support, disability benefits, financial aid, and any other income or resource enabling the participant to be successful in the program. Staff will also help with life skills, preparing a résumé, conducting and dressing for an interview, and collaborating with others in the Program.

When will applications be taken?
KRFDC will begin taking applications in January 2017.

How can I learn more about Eastern Scholar House?

The Eastern Scholar House will be based on the programmatic requirements specified in Kentucky Housing Corporation’s Scholar House Guidebook (however KRFDC may request minor deviations to the model as the program is further developed).
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Kentucky Housing Corporation
1231 Louisville Road
Frankfort, KY 40601-61941
Project contribution: award of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, award of Affordable Housing Trust Fund loan, and technical assistance.

Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc.
309 Spangler Drive
Richmond, KY 40475
Project contribution: Project grantee and developer, service provider, and representation on project planning team.

Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Avenue, Coates CPO 41A
Richmond, KY 40475
Project contribution: Long-term land lease at no cost to project, representation on project planning team, liaison with various University resources.

City of Richmond
239 W Main Street
Richmond, KY 40475
Project contribution: $1 million Community Development Block Grant. Commitment of Project-based Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. Representation on project planning team.

219 Oak Street
Berea, KY 40403
Project contribution: Design and development consultation, wrote and submitted grant and loan applications, and coordination of the project planning team.

FHLB Cincinnati
Affordable Housing Program (AHP)
221 East Fourth Street
600 Atrium Tw
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Project contribution: Award of Affordable Housing Program funds of $390,000.

For more information contact:
Vicki Jozefowicz, Ed.D., Executive Director
309 Spangler Drive
Richmond, KY 40475

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