Eastern Scholar House Program
EASTERN SCHOLAR HOUSE PROGRAM
The Eastern Scholar House program is open to qualifying students with a long-term goal of self-sufficiency who would benefit from living in an educationally driven and supportive environment. ESH is a combination of education supports, housing, and child development services all of which are interdependent. Priority for housing is given to single parents with children who participate in the Eastern Scholar House program. The program in Richmond is owned by an LLLP while managed and operated by Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. as the general partner.
EDUCATION PROGRAM: Eastern Scholar House is a combination of education supports, housing, and child development services all of which are interdependent. Connections to educational supports such as academic tutoring, financial literacy, employment assistance and access to community based services will be provided. 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 free.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER: As a multi-generational approach, Eastern Scholar House Program pre-school age children must be enrolled in the on-site, high quality affordable child development center. This will allow time for the parents to attend classes and focus on their education. Child development services will be administered through the agency’s Early Head Start/Head Start program. The child development facility will include five classrooms for children, offices for program staff, meeting space, a playground, and a computer lab.
HOUSING PROGRAM: This project consists of three apartment buildings located at 801 Van Hoose Drive in Richmond. There are 39 housing units, consisting of two-bedroom apartments, of which two are fully-handicap accessible living quarters. Apartment amenities include a washer/dryer, dishwasher, storage space, and a designated parking lot. Housing and childcare are income based. Winterwood, Inc. is providing the property management and ensuring the program’s compliance with funding regulations.
Priority for Eastern Scholar House program admission is given to:
- Heads of households who are at least 18 years of age
- Single parent with primary custody of child/children
- Degree seeking full-time students at an approved post-secondary institution such as Eastern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Berea College, Morehead State University, and others
- Participants agree to meet monthly with a case manager to develop (and later monitor progress on) an Individualized Service Plans
- Children under 5 years of age must be enrolled in the Eastern Scholar House Child Development Center
- Families must be eligible for Section 8 subsidized housing
- Participants agree to attend monthly life skills workshops and meetings to promote the achievement of educational goals resulting in self-sufficiency
- Applicants agree to either work or participate in approved volunteer experience while enrolled in the program
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