Soon after the flood, we knew that we’d need to double our production in the next calendar year, which is part of our Higher Ground plan.
In the wake of the 2022 floods, arguably one of the worst disasters ever to occur in the state of Kentucky, local and state leaders identified housing as the #1 need of flood survivors. In a single night, the housing crisis that had existed in Eastern Kentucky before the flood became staggeringly worse. All of the issues related to poor quality housing in the region were only exacerbated. With people looking for leadership and hope, the Housing Development Alliance, as one of the few affordable housing nonprofits operating in the region, stepped up to lead local disaster recovery efforts.
Thanks to our funders and donors, we’ve been able to help more people than we ever thought possible! Because of your support, we can continue to help more people as recovery continues. Below are just 6 of the 82 flood survivors you’ve helped during the last fiscal year.
George and Sherry nearly lost their lives in the Lower River Caney community of Breathitt County on July 28, 2022. Floodwaters split their home in half, and the couple had to be rescued by helicopter. Thanks to you, they now have a new home on higher ground in northern Perry County!
William and his wife, Cheyenne, had built a good life for themselves in Knott County, but in a single night, flash foods demolished their home. Because of you, William, Cheyenne, their son Caleb, and baby Maggie now have a new home that will never flood! Located in the Emmalena community, the Whites’ new home is on Amils Mountain.
Living in Lost Creek (not far from Lower River Caney) in Breathitt County, Betty watched floodwaters rise to the top of her home’s windows, thinking that she and her little granddaughter would soon drown. But they survived, and thanks to you, Betty’s home, which isn’t in the floodplain, has been fully rehabbed, making it possible for her to return to the home she loves!
Wilma lost her longtime husband in 2021, and then, on the night of the flood in 2022, she nearly lost the home they’d built together. She and her disabled son, who lives with her, were terrified as floodwaters rose inside their home in far northern Breathitt County. But they made it through the storm and now have a much-improved home with new floors, repaired plumbing, porches, a ramp & more!
Rosemarie was home alone in Lost Creek on the night of the flood. Pregnant at the time, Rosemarie had to climb a hill to escape the rising water. Her home was destroyed. She and her husband, Ronnie, purchased a mobile home on higher ground that needed accessibility repairs that are difficult for low-income families to afford, but thanks to you, those repairs were made!
The Housing Development Alliance completed our Gurney’s Bend subdivision, a project we began with the City of Hazard in 2018 (construction began in May 2021). The project received strong funding from a CDBG grant from the Department for Local Government (DLG) awarded to the city, as well as many other funders & donors. The 15-home subdivision is the first of its kind in the area, providing affordable housing for low-income families. The final homeowner to move in was Sharon Caudill, a Perry County flood survivor!
Gurney’s Bend, named for acclaimed Appalachian writer Gurney Norman, who spent part of his childhood in Allais, is a true testament to what can be accomplished when we work together and that “to build a community, you have to BE a community.”
Your support made it possible for 5 low-income individuals & families to achieve homeownership in FY 2023. These new homeowners each worked with us for at least 18 months, completed Housing Counseling, and provided sweat equity hours in the building of their new homes. Owning a home is one of the best ways we know of to build wealth and break the cycle of generational poverty in Appalachian East Kentucky. Meet 3 of the folks you helped!
New home located in Hazard, KY
"I'm grateful to those who funded the Gurney's Bend project. You're helping people like me, who are low-income and can't afford to go buy a house on the market, become homeowners."
HDA-built home located in Sassafras, KY
“So thankful for HDA! All the workers are so kind & helpful. Me and my little family love our home!"
New home located in Rowdy, KY
Charles & his wife lived in an aging mobile home that had fallen into disrepair. They worked for over 2 years to get a home through HDA.
HDA’s Home Repair Program is designed to help very low and low-income households access loans and grants for home repairs completed by HDA carpenters. At present, we are working with over 250 low-income and very low-income families in need of home rehabs & repairs. Below are 3 of the low-income folks you’ve helped have a better, safer, longer lasting home!
Hover over the boxes to read a testimonial from each homeowner.
"These repairs are going to make a lot of difference in my life. I want to stay in my home as long as I possibly can. I live alone and recently had hip surgery. I can't fix my roof, and you can't find anybody these days to make repairs. It takes me 5 minutes to get up my steps, and I can barely get my leg into my bathtub. HDA has been wonderful. I'm so grateful!"
"I have MS (multiple sclerosis), and I had carpet throughout most of my house. Sometimes, it was difficult for me to walk in my house. Changing the texture of the flooring has made a real difference. I really like it! It’s also made a difference in the appearance of my home. I think all of the work that HDA has done on my house is going to allow me to live in this house until I die."
"The repairs have done so much for me! When I would do my dishes, I was scared to death I was going to go right through the floor and into the basement! I’d already fallen and tripped on the old floor. Without HDA, I would have just had to patch it up and done the best I could because I couldn’t have afforded to fix it. There would have been no way."
Our newest program, which began in 2019, does two crucial things for our community: 1) it provides paid, on-the-job training in home construction to men & women in substance use recovery, and 2) it produces much-needed workforce housing that is sold on the open market. While HDA does focus much of its construction efforts on homes for low-income people, we also work with middle-income families towards buying an affordable home through our Hope Building Program. Here are Hope Building’s highlights from the past year:
A mother of two, Aaliyah is a teacher at East Perry Elementary School in Hazard. Her new home is in the Emmalena community of Knott County – just 10 minutes from the school!
A local nurse and mother of 3, Amber’s new home is located in Breathitt County. “If this program hadn’t been an option for me, I’d still be living in a single-wide trailer, paying $850 a month rent,” Amber said.
Deborah survived the 2021 and 2022 record-breaking floods in Breathitt County, but both times, her home was majorly damaged. The ’22 flood destroyed it. Thankfully, our Hope Building Program built a new home for Deborah on higher ground, allowing her to remain in the county she loves and maintain her independence.
PLEASE NOTE: HDA, Inc. is currently awaiting our finalized and approved Audit Report for the last fiscal year (FY 2023). Once the report is received, reviewed by our Board of Directors, and accepted/approved, we will update the numbers below, if needed. We have included our unaudited but final and official FY numbers to give you some idea of our anticipated impact.
Housing Development Alliance, Inc. relies on both private and public revenue sources ranging from private donations to federal grant awards to fund its programs and services. Operating funds are provided by developer fees, donations, and grants.
We are proud to say that nearly 85% of our funding goes directly to our programs and services that impact the families of our region! The other 15% is spent on management & general operations, with only around 1% spent on fundraising.
1st Presbyterian Church – Hastings, NE
1st Presbyterian Church – Neenah, WI
Boston College Appalachia Volunteers
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
DreamBuilders Maryland (Ultimate House Raising Challenge Champions X2!)
Ethan Hurt (Individual)
First United Methodist Church (DC)
HHCK AmeriCorps Service Project
Layne Stacy (Individual)
Michigan State University (ABS)
Off the Wall Discipleship (OH)
Saint Joseph University APEX
Sitel Group (now Foundever) – Chavies, KY
Temple University Honors Program
University of Louisville (Alternative Breaks)
University of Redlands (CA)
University of Kentucky
Western North Carolina Presbytery
AEP Foundation – Kentucky Power
Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF)
Appalachians for Appalachia
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
Berea College Appalachian Fund
Blue Grass Community Foundation
Blue Ridge Insurance Group LLC
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Coalition for Home Repair
Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund
Department for Local Government
Endeavor Charitable Fund
Enterprise Community Partners
Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Cincinnati
Housing Assistance Council (HAC)
Kentucky Colonels Foundation
Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC)
Kentucky River Properties LLC
KYANA Charities, Inc.
People’s Self-Help Housing
State Farm Companies Foundation
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington
The James Graham Brown Foundation
The Mulhollem Cravens Foundation
The Perry County Community Foundation
The Thompson Charitable Foundation
USDA Rural Development
U.S. Dept. of Energy and KY Energy & Environment Cabinet
WellCare Health Plans of Kentucky
William T. Foley Foundation
The City of Hazard (KY)
The Housing Can’t Wait Initiative
With Special Thanks to the Perry County Fiscal Court
Adam & Ashley Johnson
Allan & Susan Naylor
American Business Systems
American Online Giving Foundation
Ben & Maria Braman
Bowman Memorial UMC
Chris Doll & Jennifer Weeber
Church of Reconciliation – Chapel Hill, NC
Church of the Holy Spirit – Mars Hill, NC
City of Hazard
Connor & Karrie McBryde
Damiano & Helen Buffa
Dave & Diana Doll
David & Janet Kreher
David & Susan Denning
Doll Family Reunion Attendees
Edward & Mary Ellen Grigsby
Ellen J. Hahn
First Federal Savings & Loan Association – Hazard, KY
First United Methodist Church – Champaign, IL
Flat Rock Holiness Church – Flat Rock, AL
Flour Creek Christian Church – Butler, KY
Franciscan Friars – Oldenburg, IN
Grace Immanuel United Church of Christ – Louisville, KY
Greenwood United Methodist Church – Greenwood, IN
Hamilton County (OH) Council of PTAs
Holy Trinity Catholic Church – Edinburgh, IN
Ink Blot Shop LLC – London, KY
J. David Jones
James & Marcia Brown
James M. & Judy Jolly
Janet Smith – Perry Farm Bureau Insurance
Jeanne Marie Hibberd
Jeremy & Evelyn Wood
Jerry & Mary Ann Doll
Jim & JoAnne Kenyon
Jim & Tammy Ekrut
Joe & Christina Bezold
Joe & Tamara Belden
John Rasche, Jr.
John & Kathy Doll
John K. & Rose Mary Gunsett
John Michael & Missie Quillen
Kevin & Carly Manuel
Larry & Carolyn Dipboye
Larry & Sally Monroe
Lee Ann Taylor
Louisville Water Company
Maggard Brothers Funeral Home – Hazard, KY
Marion County (KY) Cattlemen’s Association, Inc.
Mary Kay Rayens
Mary T. Boyd
Matthew & Michelle Doll
Michael D. Stiwinter
Michelle Budzek & Gregory T. Brodrick
Mike & Diane Bingham
Mike & Julie Hodge
Mountain View Independent Methodist Church – Asheboro, NC
Mr. Thomas J. Fillenwarth & Dr. Kathryn L. Lane
Nathan & Shelly Hawthorne
Norman & Donna Vincent
Oscar & Marjory Brown-Britt
Paris (KY) Stockyard
Parkway Christian Fellowship – London, KY
Peoples Bank and Trust Company
Photography by Larry Witt
Ramon & Elsie Shupe
Randy & Jackie Moon
Richard & Gail Westman
Robert & Lanita Schuster
Roger & Barbara Wrisberg
Scottsville Allen Faith Coalition – Scottsville, KY
Shirley Kadoura Winchell
Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries Inc.
Sitel Group (formerly SYKES/now Foundever)
Temple University Honors Program
The Marist Brothers – Marist Youth Program – Bronx, NY
The Mountain Real Estate Company (Edgar Whitaker, Jr.)
The Welcome Class – FBC Cumming – Cumming, GA
Thomas & Suzanne Rhodenbaugh
Timothy J. Dunn
Timothy & Cheryl Truax
Todd & Beth Vincent
Tom & Letha Patterson
Tom & Marjorie Weeber
Troy & Jennifer Rapp
Vivian Patrick Cornett
Washington County (KY) Livestock Center
William & Mary Burke
Xavier & Rose Reilly
Troy & Jennifer Rapp
Larry & Sally Monroe
Timothy J. Dunn
In memory of Joyce & Bill Cornett by Karen Reuter
In memory of Ricky Westman by Dr. Michelle Kaiser
In memory of Jim Doll by Jerry & Mary Ann Doll
In memory of “Pretty Ricky” Westman by Adam & Ashley Johnson
In memory of Mark Otis Thornton by Lisa Mahon
In memory of Charlotte Leiter by Elise Fessler
In memory of Scott Lucero by Timothy Arnold
In memory of Neal Chamberlain by First United Methodist Church – Champaign, IL
In memory of Mary Foley Carew by the William T. Foley Foundation
In memory of Lewis, Eliza, and Winston Hopper by Vera Hopper
In memory of Jim Doll by Mike & Diane Bingham
In memory of Jim Doll by the Doll Family Reunion Attendees
In memory of James Doll by Matthew & Michelle Doll
In memory of Joann Davis by Mimi Pickering & Dee Davis
In memory of Lonnie Miller by Mindy Miller
In memory of Jo Johnson by Elise Fessler
In memory of Ricky Westman by Gail & Richard Westman
In honor of Chris Doll by Angela Aldous
In honor of Scott McReynolds and Chris Doll by Patricia Riestenberg
In honor of Chris Doll by Marcia Potthast
In honor of Mark Otis Thornton by Sherryl Croitor
In honor of John (a good friend) by Kathryn Scanlon
In honor of Kathryn Beach by Winnie Beach
In honor of Scott McReynolds by Sandy Graves
In honor of Tom Boyd (former Sociology professor at Berea College) by Lee Morris
In honor of Chris Doll by Roger & Barbara Wrisberg
In honor of Scott McReynolds by Andy Kegley
In honor of Anna Grace Mullins by Edith Emerson
In honor of Andrea Boyd by Mary T. Boyd
In honor of My Dear East KY Friends by Amylyn Crawford
In honor of Chris Doll by John & Kathy Doll
In honor of Aldon & Astrid Jolly and Andi Jolly by Dr. James & Judy Jolly
In honor of Chris Doll by Brian Littleton
In honor of Norman & Donna Vincent by Meg Vincent
In honor of Norman & Donna Vincent by Todd & Beth Vincent
In honor of Judith Daniel by Terry Dyke
In honor of Evan Vittitow by Tom & Letha Patterson
In honor of Hilary Vittitow by Tom & Letha Patterson
In honor of Chris Doll & Family by Roger & Barbara Wrisberg
In honor of Gerry Roll by Michelle Budzek & Gregory T. Brodrick
In honor of Jennifer Christian by Jeannine Christian
In honor of Bobby Vittitow by Kara Mathes