Archive for October, 2010

Frontier Housing Receives $475,000 Grant

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

NeighborWorks America announced that it has awarded $35 million to 117 local NeighborWorks organizations and two NeighborWorks-affiliated capital corporations.  Frontier Housing has received $475,000 to create a revolving loan fund to fund home rehabilitation projects that increase energy efficiency.  In addition to the green rehab program, Frontier is using these funds for a home replacement program targeting pre-1976 HUD Code units.  In their region of Kentucky, many of the most inefficient homes are pre-HUD Code mobile homes.  In a similar program, satisfied homeowners are now living in new ENERGY STAR rated manufactured homes with mortgage payments that are less than their former monthly utility bills.  Frontier serves Bath, Boyd, Carter, Fleming, Elliott, Montgomery, Morgan, Menifee, Magoffin, Rowan and Wolfe Counties.

“We thank Congress for their ongoing support of affordable housing needs in our nation’s communities.  Because of the grants announced today, thousands of rental and owner-occupied units will be rehabilitated, the majority through the use of state of the art green strategies, which will not only recreate a healthier home for families, but also support healthier communities,” said Ken Wade, CEO of NeighborWorks America.

36 years ago when Frontier Housing was founded, rehabilitating homes was their prime objective.  Frontier’s work in recent years, throughout all lines of business, has focused on the importance of green elements in affordable housing.  From providing homes that are ENERGY STAR qualified, to building their first certified green home, to launching a green rehabilitation program focused on energy savings; Frontier has been on the forefront of green housing in their region.

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Frontier Housing’s 2nd Annual Golf Scramble a Great Success

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

On Friday, October 1st, Frontier Housing held its 2nd annual Friends of Frontier Golf Scramble at Eagle Trace Golf Course.  We couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful day!  Under sunny, blue skies Frontier’s staff, volunteers and the golfers themselves enjoyed a pleasant afternoon on the green.

golf scramble

Golfers teed off early in the morning after coffee and doughnuts in the clubhouse and played all day, anticipating a $3,000 pay-out at the end of the afternoon.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes won cash prizes.  Those who qualified then participated in a $1,000 shoot-out.  Additionally, golfers took part in fun games throughout the day—winners took home cash prizes.

Frontier would like to offer many thanks for the community support that we received.  18 teams were sponsored at the Scramble and we were very fortunate to have over 30 tee-box and green sponsorships from local businesses and individuals.  We were also very happy to have had dozens of wonderful door prizes donated by area businesses.  We are pleased to have maintained our relationships with those who sponsored or donated last year; and are excited to have made many meaningful connections and deeper ties in the community.  Your support is deeply valued and necessary for Frontier’s future success in providing affordable housing to more people in Eastern Kentucky.

Sherry Farley, Frontier President & CEO expressed the feelings of the Board and staff of Frontier, “Thanks to the continued support and involvement of compassionate members in this community, Frontier Housing is building homes and fulfilling dreams every day.”

Frontier Housing Receives CDFI Fund National Award

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Frontier Housing Receives CDFI Fund National Award for
Local Financial Institutions Serving Struggling Communities.

Frontier Housing received certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in early 2010 and is the only CDFI in northeastern Kentucky to receive this funding.  Frontier will be awarded a grant in the amount of $750,000.  This money will have a long term impact on the economy of Frontier’s service area through a revolving loan fund.  These funds will be continually recycled and will allow Frontier to make loans for replacement of inefficient homes and home rehabilitation work.  Frontier serves Bath, Boyd, Carter, Fleming, Elliott, Montgomery, Morgan, Menifee, Magoffin, Rowan and Wolfe Counties.

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Congratualtions Tom! Meet Mr. Green Rehab.

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Tom Lewis, our Green Rehab Specialist, has trained with and been certified by the Building Performance Institute, www.bpi.org, for Home Improvement Contractors specializing in residential energy efficiency retrofit work.  Tom participated in a lengthy training process through Community Housing Partners Corporation, www.communityhousingpartners.org, of Christiansburg, VA.  Frontier now has the equipment and required certification to provide Home Energy Efficiency Testing to our customers.  In addition, Frontier has a Lead-Based Paint Renovation License, making Frontier a Lead-Safe EPA Certified Firm.

For more information contact -
Tom Lewis – Green Rehab Specialist: t.lewis@frontierhousing.org
(606)784-2131  x 223 or (606)776-7734 (m)

Or go online at – www.frontierhousing.org/green/index.htm