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 […]

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. […]

A Home Of Their Own: The Spencers

A Home of Their Own: The Spencers “Jack’s mother used to have a home over there. I used to love the view, sitting on her porch. It was just beautiful.” – Sherry Spencer For the last 14 years, Jack and Sherry Spencer lived in a home given to them by family members. A modest home, […]