Contact: Charla Jackson Peter
(502) 564-7630, ext. 454
Development will assist single parents as they pursue an education
Governor Ernie Fletcher joined representatives of Kentucky Housing
Corporation, Project Women, University of Louisville and state and local
officials today to announce the funding of Louisville’s Scholar House.
This new initiative will provide affordable housing, counseling and
on-site childcare for single parents who are pursuing post-secondary
education. The Louisville Scholar House is the second of five such
developments planned around the state.
“Thanks to Scholar House projects like this one, many more residents
in the state will have the opportunities that are created through higher
education,” said Governor Fletcher. “This facility is a great step
toward helping fulfill their dreams and toward building a stronger
Scholar House is a single-parent housing and education initiative
administered by Kentucky Housing Corporation. The program is designed
to help unemployed or underemployed single parents pursue an education
to become self-sufficient. Participants in Scholar House attend
workshops on health maintenance, parenting skills, management of family
resources, nutritional knowledge, problem solving, work skills and
job-search techniques, in addition to their academic or vocational
classes. They also receive continuous support from neighbors and staff
while fulfilling academic or vocational training course work as a
Each development in the Scholar House program includes an on-site
childcare facility to allow time for parents to attend classes and focus
on their education. All of these services are free as long as the
participant is a full-time student and remains within program
guidelines. The Louisville Scholar House includes a child development
center that will be operated in partnership with the University of
Louisville and Project Women, a nonprofit organization that helps single
parents with housing and supportive services.
This transitional housing will only be available to residents
participating in the program and their children. Once residents have
graduated from Scholar House, they will be allowed ample time to find
and move into permanent housing.
“Our experience with economically challenged single parents tells us
that housing and childcare are two of the most cost prohibitive barriers
to pursuing their educational goals,” said Ben A. Cook, chief executive
officer of Kentucky Housing Corporation. “This is why we are very
pleased to be able to offer this new program.”
For more information about the Scholar House program, contact Tammy
Stansbury with Kentucky Housing Corporation toll-free in Kentucky at
(800) 633-8896 or (502) 564-7630, extension 411; TTY 711; or email email@example.com.
Kentucky Housing Corporation, the state
housing finance agency, was created by the 1972 General Assembly to
provide affordable housing opportunities. As a self-supporting, public
corporation, Kentucky Housing offers lower-than-market rate home
mortgages, housing production financing, homeownership
education/counseling, rental assistance, housing rehabilitation and
supportive housing programs for special needs populations.
Kentucky Housing Corporation prohibits
discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, age,
disability or veteran status.
For more information, contact:
Kentucky Housing Corporation | 1231 Louisville Rd., Frankfort,
502-564-7630; 800-633-8896 (KY only); TTY 711