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Governor Fletcher, Kentucky Housing Corporation Announce Louisville Scholar House Funding

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Charla Jackson Peter

June 28, 2007

(502) 564-7630, ext. 454

Governor Fletcher, Kentucky Housing Corporation

Announce Louisville Scholar House Funding

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 Kentucky.”

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 full-time student. 

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 tstansbury@kyhousing.org.

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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.

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