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Eastern Scholar House Program - Fact Sheet


Scholar House is an innovative statewide initiative in Kentucky to develop post-secondary educational opportunities for low-income single parents and their children, leading to educational success, employment and self-sufficiency. While parents are enrolled in the Eastern Scholar House Program and attending school, supports are offered in housing, education, and on-site childcare. Services are prioritized for single parents who have made a commitment to furthering their education. This program is open to eligible full-time students in an approved post- secondary institution such as Eastern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Berea College, Morehead State University, etc.

The Eastern Scholar House Program, which is one of approximately ten such centers in Kentucky, is operated by Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. (KRFDC). KRFDC is part of a national network of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) created by the federal Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. CAAs administer various programs, on their individual community levels, to assist low-income people out of poverty conditions. KRFDC is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation that has provided a variety of services to low-income people since 1962.

KRFDC will provide educational supports such as case management and life skills education as well as child care services administered through the agency’s Early Head Start/Head Start program. Winterwood, Inc. will provide the property management and ensure the program’s compliance with funding regulations. Services will be bundled, specific to each family’s need, to support their journey to self-sufficiency.

The Eastern Scholar House Program 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.

Eastern Scholar House is not just a housing program. Rather, it is a combination of education supports, housing, and child development services all of which are interdependent. 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. Although located on land leased at EKU and prioritizing student parents, this program is not a form of student housing. Housing and childcare are income based.

This project will consist of three apartment buildings located at 801 Van Hoose Drive, Richmond. There will be 39 housing units, consisting of 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. Additional apartment amenities include a washer/dryer, dishwasher, storage space, and a designated parking lot. The child care facility will include five classrooms for children, offices for program staff, meeting space, and a computer lab.

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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). Click here to read more.