A Life Reclaimed: Dorsie’s Story

A Life Reclaimed: Dorsie’s Story Meet Dorsie Caudill. Dorsie is a widowed wife, living alone and on a small fixed income in the home her husband built more than 36 years ago. Diagnosed with a bone disease, Dorsie was often confined to the 2nd floor of her home, since the main living quarters are separated […]

Healing Home and Repairing Lives: Novalene’s Story

Healing Home and Repairing Lives: Novalene’s Story Novalene with her grandson, after enjoying a piece of chocolate cake. Novalene is the grandmother of nine grandchildren, whom she looks after on a regular basis. Did you know that 1 in 4 houses in East Kentucky are valued at less than $50,000? The majority of these homes […]

Giving Back To Those Who Have Served: The Spicers

Giving Back to Those Who Have Served: The Spicers Tony & Kerri Spicer From the moment he left high school, Tony Spicer served his community. First, as a Marine, successfully navigating the rigors of Parris Island, one of the most difficult, demanding, and well-known boot camps in the world. Then, after completing service in the […]

The Home That Built Me: Joy’s Story

The Home That Built Me: Joy’s Story When you’re six years old, everything in the world seems big. But for six-year-old Joy Sebastian, even she knew that the apartment she shared with her parents and brother in Hazard’s projects was small. Too small, in fact, for a whole family. “It was so small that we […]

Gaining Independence Through Homeownership: Morgan’s Story

Gaining Independence Through Homeownership: Morgan’s Story “I had seen HDA homes in Stinnett, where I live, and wondered how I could get one!” – Morgan Rice At just 25 years old, Morgan Rice was determined to stand on her own two feet, maintain a job in East Kentucky, and stay close to home. She had […]

Serving Those Who Serve: JJ Montgomery’s Story

Serving Those Who Serve: JJ Montgomery’s Story JJ Montgomery is a proud native of his hometown of Hazard, Kentucky. Hazard is located in the heart of Central Appalachia, a region that has faced economic adversity for decades, largely due to the waning coal industry. It’s an area plagued with a lack of career diversity, dependence on a mono-economy, and a broken […]

Hope Rises: David Partin’s Story

Hope Rises: David’s Story Hope Building is HDA’s paid, on-the-job training program for men and women in recovery. David’s story provides an intimate view of the trainee experience. After completing his training, David went on to secure full-time employment in Knott County. After successfully completing the first phase of his recovery program at Hickory Hill […]

HDA’s McReynolds Named Health Champion

HDA’s McReynolds Recognized as Health Champion Organization Receives Grant Award With Prize McReynolds holds the Health Champions trophy. HAZARD, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2020) – Scott McReynolds, the Executive Director of the Housing Development Alliance (HDA), was honored Wed., Oct. 28 at the inaugural Community Health Champions Awards, hosted by WellCare Health Plans of Kentucky. This […]

HDA Ready to Build Homes at Allais

HDA Ready to Build Homes at Allais New Subdivision Named After Writer Gurney Norman HAZARD, Ky. – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and 2020 draws to a close, the importance of home is still on the minds of people across the region and the nation. In Hazard, the Housing Development Alliance (HDA), a nonprofit […]

The Power of Housing: The Baker Family

The Power of Housing: The Baker Family The Bakers on the front porch of their new home Low-income families, like the Bakers, have been hardest hit by many of the challenges we’re facing now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These families are the ones most likely to lose their jobs and possibly even their homes. […]