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Eastern Scholar House Program



The Eastern Scholar House Program is open to qualifying students with a long-term goal of self-sufficiency who would benefit from living in an educationally driven and supportive environment.

Eastern Scholar House is not a student housing program. Rather, it is a combination of education supports with access to housing and child development services all of which are interdependent. Connections to educational supports such as academic tutoring, financial literacy, employment assistance and access to community based services will be provided. 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 provided at no cost to the participants.

As a multi-generational approach, Eastern Scholar House Program preschool age children must be enrolled in the on-site, high quality affordable child development center. This will allow time for the parents to attend classes and focus on their education. Child care services will be administered through the agency’s Early Head Start/Head Start program. The child development facility will include five classrooms for children, offices for program staff, meeting space, and a computer lab. Childcare is income based.

This project will consist of three apartment buildings located at 801 Van Hoose Drive in Richmond. There will be 39 housing units, consisting of twobedroom apartments, of which two are fully-handicap accessible living quarters. Apartment amenities include a washer/dryer, dishwasher, storage space, and a designated parking lot. Housing is income based. Winterwood, Inc. will provide the property management and ensure the program’s compliance with funding regulations.

Click here for an Interest Questionnaire, or contact Melissa Gross at 859/624-2046 x 1135.

Priority for program admission will be given to:

  • Heads of households who are at least 18 years of age

  • Single parent with primary custody of child/children

  • Degree seeking full-time students at an approved post-secondary institution such as Eastern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Berea College, Morehead State University, etc.

  • Participants agree to meet monthly with a case manager to develop (and later monitor progress on) an
    Individualized Service Plan

  • Children under 5 years of age must be enrolled in the Eastern Scholar House Child Development Center

  • Families eligible for Section 8 subsidized housing

  • Participants agree to attend monthly life skills workshops and meetings to promote the achievement of educational goals resulting in self-sufficiency

  • Applicants agree to either work or participate in approved volunteer experience while enrolled in the program

Priority for housing is given to single parents with children who participate in the Eastern Scholar House Program. Once participants are chosen for the Eastern Scholar House Program, they are referred to the housing counselor who will then determine if they qualify for rental assistance. For those selected, housing will be dependent on continued participation in the Eastern Scholar House Program including remaining a full-time student, maintaining a 2.0 GPA, paying a small share of the rent, participating in required supportive services (life skills, study hours, case management, preschooler enrolled full-time in on-site child care center, etc.).

For more information contact:
Melissa Gross, Project Director
309 Spangler Drive, Suite A
Richmond, KY 40475
859/624-2046, ext. 1135