Eastern Ky. organization begins building homes for flood survivors

LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – Homes Inc. is beginning to build homes for flood survivors.

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“We’ll be framing this home, probably early next week,” Homes Inc. executive director Seth Long said. “Doing it under the roof, the doors, the windows, the sides, you know, just trying to do it as quickly as possible.”

The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and FAHE have partnered with Homes Inc. and The Housing Development Alliance on the housing plan called “Higher Ground.” 16 new homes will be spread across Breathitt, Knott, Letcher and Perry counties.

“Trying to find funding to make housing affordable is often a big task,” he said. “Actually, you know, we live in a time where housing has never been more expensive than it is now.”

Higher Ground is made possible by a $50,000 grant from FAHE and more than $1 million from the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky.

“People need housing yesterday, not two years from now, and the problem we realize is big, it’s bigger than 16 houses,” he added. “I think Gerry Roll said at the press conference that we don’t need 16 houses, we need 1,600 houses.

A house we went to in Letcher County should be finished in 10 weeks.

“The housing needs of our community affect the whole community. ” he said. “I’m not just low income people, it’s not just rich people, it’s the whole fabric of our community.”

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