Building Strong Families

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.  The 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.  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.

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 are administered through the agency’s Early Head Start/Head Start program. The child development facility includes 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 are 39 housing units, consisting of two bedroom 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. provides the property management and ensures the program’s compliance with funding regulations.  Although located on land leased at EKU and prioritizing student parents, this program is not a form of student housing.

The Eastern Scholar House Program is 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.

For more information contact:
Melissa Gross, Project Director
801 Van Hoose Drive
Richmond, KY 40475

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