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Our most recent stories. Click on the title of the story to read the post. If there’s a story you’d like to see us cover on our blog (for example: a particular topic, program, etc.), please contact us and let us know! If there’s a story you’d like to know more about, just email us

A Look Back: HDA Offers Emergency Home Repairs

A destructive windstorm ripped through East Kentucky in early 2020 just as the COVID-19 pandemic was making itself known in our region. The storm left behind damaged homes and reeling residents, who were forced to stay "healthy at home" in homes that were in significant need of repairs. In order to assist struggling families, HDA offered no-cost emergency home repairs to families who qualified for the service. Read the rest of the story below.

Hope Rises: David Partin's Story

David Partin earned a second chance in HDA's Hope Building Program - a paid, on-the-job training program for men and women in recovery. Discover more about David's story and about this groundbreaking new program by clicking the button below.

The Power of Housing: The Baker Family

Benny and Jennifer Baker longed to give their four children a better home. Through hard work and a lot of patience, the family accomplished their goals! Their new HDA house has also inspired them to reach for new heights. Learn more about the Bakers and their journey below.

A Home of Their Own: The Spencers

Jack and Sherry Spencer wanted a better home in which to grow older together - one that had more space for them and their grandchildren and one that would be more affordable, especially when it came to their monthly utility bills. Find out how they got the home they dreamed of and what the homeownership process was like for them at the link below.

Event Recaps

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HDA was unable to offer its annual events in 2020. We hope to offer our events again this year! In the meantime, check out recap videos and articles from our 2019 events, which helped us raise money for our programs and local needy families through the support of our donors, funders, event sponsors, and hundreds of volunteers. 

Boulder Rock Run

HDA co-hosts this special event each year with fellow nonprofit Pathfinders of Perry County. The event – a 10K and 5K trail run – is a way to raise money for both charities, while also encouraging the public to engage in outdoor activities, appreciate and take care of the area’s natural beauty, and promote local tourism. Boulder Rock Run supports local families by bringing folks together in a shared purpose, giving folks a healthy weekend activity to take part in, and helps garner publicity for our region, which helps boost it economically.

Read an article about the event here.

Community House Raising

Our signature event, Community House Raising takes place across 6 weeks beginning in the month of October, and involves hundreds of volunteers from near and far helping us build a new home for an East Kentucky family in need of affordable housing. The family selected to have a home built during this event is a family who has fallen just below the income level needed to qualify for our Homeownership Program. That means that without this event, the family would not be able to have or afford a new home of this size, scale, and quality. We cover the construction of the new home from footer to finish, and when the home is dedicated to the family, we share that with folks, too, (live, if WiFi allows) on HDA’s Facebook.

Perry County Repair Affair

HDA’s annual Repair Affair brings at least 100 local volunteers together to serve their neighbors in need of home repairs. Ten sites are pre-selected across Perry County – the homeowners are selected by HDA staff and are determined based on the level of need, accessibility of the location, and whether the project is one that requires volunteer labor. The repairs are made at no cost to the homeowners and are all completed in a single day. If, due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a repair is not completed on the day of the event, HDA carpenter crews return at a later date to complete the job. Without this event, many needy families would not be able to receive the repairs their homes desperately need.

The Repair Affair, an annual event held by the Housing Development Alliance (HDA), a nonprofit housing provider, brings together volunteer groups from Perry County businesses, churches, schools, and other organizations to make much needed home repairs requested by local families.