What is Fahe?
Fahe is a 501(c) non-profit organization that has served Appalachia since 1980. We are a network organization with members and partners operating throughout 10 states. Our mission is to create life changing opportunity for people by providing a platform for peer exchange, training, technical assistance, and access to capital and finance opportunities. Our network serves tens of thousands each year through this collaboration, bringing hope to Appalachia, at scale.
Our membership consists of 50+ non-profit housing organizations across the six states of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama, and Maryland. We serve Appalachia effectively through the membership by utilizing our expertise and resources through locally known and trusted community organizations that understand the needs of the people living there.
Fahe was founded as an organization to promote affordable housing in Appalachia but has expanded its goals to not only be a leader in housing concerns, but to partner with other organizations to impact regional issues such as energy efficiency, health, education, and issues for the aging and elderly.
One of the ways it achieves this impact is by having a diverse set of business lines that rely on partnership to serve the region. Fahe’s Mortgage Lending division, JustChoice Lending, has partnered with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and key lenders such as J.P. Morgan Chase bank to achieve millions of dollars in single-family housing loans. Fahe’s Consulting division routinely works with city governments in our region to improve infrastructure, provide economic development, and neighborhood revitalization. Fahe also has a Community Lending Fund, which offers financing for multi-family housing projects, community facilities, and medical facilities throughout Appalachia.
In its 34-year history, The Fahe network has served more than 225,000 Appalachians with housing, made over $469 million in direct investment, and achieved a total cumulative financial impact of over a billion dollars in the Appalachian region.