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Eastern Scholar House

In the summer of 2017, single-parent households in eastern Kentucky will have access to housing and help while they pursue a college degree through a recently-funded program — the Eastern Scholar House.

In addition to education-centered housing, the program will include child care, counseling, workshops, support from neighbors and staff, and special activities.

“We have all seen studies which show that families that are dependent on a single parent without an education are families that are increasingly facing homelessness,” said Kathy Peters, Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) executive director. “Parents who want to pursue college degrees will now have the support they need to work toward a better life for themselves and their families.”

KHC is primarily funding the comprehensive program, which will be managed by Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. (KRFDC). However, many other partners have made the $9.5 million Scholar House project a reality.

The project will consist of three apartment buildings located at the 800 Brockton area on EKU’s campus. There will be 36 housing units, consisting of 36 two-bedroom apartments, of which two are fully-handicap accessible living quarters.

There will also be an on-site, certified child development facility of six classrooms that can accommodate about 80 children to allow time for parents to attend classes and focus on their education.

For more information, please read the full article written by the Richmond Register.

The Lane Report also featured the Eastern Scholar House in an article on January 21, 2016.