In 1993 Mayor Beach of Beattyville obtained a grant writer, Will Linder from Berea, Kentucky to write a Community Development Block Grant. The grant was approved for $750,000 and property was purchased in 1995. That was when Beattyville Housing & Development Corporation (BHDC) was organized.
Beattyville Housing has been assisting potential home buyers by helping obtain the most affordable financing for the families and also by offering credit counseling when they need it. Beattyville Housing works closely with Rural Development and Kentucky Housing Corporation in order to obtain affordable house payments for qualified families.
In September 2000, Beattyville Housing and Development Corporation became an official Kentucky non-profit member of the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises (FAHE). This was a big step for Beattyville Housing and continues to be a very good decision for the agency. FAHE provides consultation and technical assistance to Beattyville Housing and Development Corporation.
Over the last 28 years, Beattyville Housing has helped build over 90 new homes. The challenge was to develop an established, planned and fully developed subdivision to encourage private home ownership and improve quality of life. To date Beattyville Housing and Development, using local contractors has constructed over 90 new homes in Lee ,Wolfe and Owsley Counties. Several additional units are in varied stages of construction. Also BHDC has assisted over 200 families for homeowner rehabilitation projects in Lee, Owsley, and Wolfe counties.
"90 new homes, over 200 families assisted with homeowner repairs, $11 million in housing initiatives, and $7 million added to the local tax base over the last 28 years. Beattyville Housing and Development Inc., A rock under the foundation of the local economy." - Wilma Kelley, Director
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