Kit Carson Commons
The Workforce Pathway at Kit Carson Commons Scholar House provides affordable housing and supportive services for single parent students.
Dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
This innovative program at The Workforce Pathway at Kit Carson Commons promotes self-sufficiency and economic stability for program participants.
These program participants will be better positioned to secure gainful employment because of educational supports, social services, and workforce training. Our overall community will also benefit from the presence of a trained workforce that is ready to fill job openings for existing and new employers. The residential component of this program, also a Scholar House 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. Non-residential workforce training opportunities are also available to unemployed and under-employed members of the community.
The Workforce Pathway at Kit Carson Commons Scholar House is not a student-housing program. Rather, it is a combination of education supports with access to housing and workforce development supports, all of which are interdependent. Supportive services and educational supports are provided to assist program participants in meeting their goals. Services will be bundled, specific to each family’s need, to support their journey to self-sufficiency. 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.
Kit Carson Commons provides a workforce training center that includes three classrooms, offices, space for mock interviews, and a participant workroom with computers, printers, and other items needed for assembling resumes and completing program assignments. It focuses on industry, manufacturing, warehousing, and shipping/distribution.
This project consists of three apartment buildings located at 4460 Kit Carson Drive in Richmond. There are 30 housing units, consisting of two and three bedroom apartments, of which three are fully-handicap accessible living quarters and one is for hearing impaired persons. Housing is income based. Although located on land leased at EKU and prioritizing student parents, this program is not a form of student housing. Winterwood, Inc. provides property management and ensures the program’s compliance with funding regulations.
APARTMENT AMENITIES INCLUDE:
The Workforce Pathway at Kit Carson Commons Scholar House has been made possible by support from the Kentucky Housing Corporation, Ohio Capital Corporation, Eastern Kentucky University, Madison County Fiscal Court, City of Richmond, and Fahe.
Project Developer: KRFDC
Builder: Spectrum Contracting Services, Inc.
Applicants complete a written interest questionnaire that is used to gather basic information about applicants and to confirm where they will fit on the prioritization list for the program. Priority is given to l o w-income single parent military service members and veterans who are pursuing self-sufficiency goals through attending college at an accredited institution. Second priority will be given to low-income single parents who are pursuing self-sufficiency goals through attending an approved post-secondary institution (including technical colleges and online programs) on a full-time basis. Applicants for the program will be screened by staff to determine their willingness to participate, and succeed in the program. In summary, this is what will be evaluated through the application and screening:
Priority for program admission will be given to:
Here is how the application process for the Kit Carson Commons Residences will work:
Priority is given to low-income single parent military service members veterans who are pursuing self-sufficiency goals through attending college at an accredited institution who participate in the program. Second priority will be given to low-income single parents who are pursuing self-sufficiency goals through attending an approved post-secondary institution (including technical colleges and online programs) on a full-time basis. Once participants are chosen, they are referred to the housing manager who will then determine if they qualify for rental assistance. Housing will be dependent on continued participation in the program, including remaining a full-time student, maintaining a 2.0 GPA, paying a share of the rent, and participating in required supportive services (life skills, study hours, case management, etc.).
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