In October 2016, a Louisville television station aired the story of a veteran who was living in a small shed on his property. The veteran, whose home was destroyed by flood, had been taken advantage of by a construction company that promised to raise his home above flood level and rebuild it. After the company had removed all the brick from the outside and gutted the inside, they took his money and left him with an uninhabitable house. This story captured the attention of many organizations that wanted to help. Representatives from the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council (GLCLC), Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), Kentucky Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Housing Partnership, Inc. (HPI), and other local organizations began to meet on a regular basis to brainstorm how resources could be merged to help not only this veteran, but also, almost 200 other homeless veterans in the area.
In this podcast, Kentucky Housing Corporation's (KHC) Executive Director, Edwin King, sits down with Ryan Quarles—who has served as the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 2015. Under Commissioner Quarles leadership, several new, innovative programs have been developed or expanded, including initiatives to combat hunger and connect Kentucky farmers to new markets, and expanding the Homegrown By Heroes program, which was launched by Kentucky Department of Agriculture in 2013, to support Kentucky Proud for home-grown products and veteran farmers.
In a two-part podcast series about the K-Count and serving homeless populations in the state, Kentucky Housing Corporation’s (KHC) Executive Director, Edwin King talks with rural housing service providers for families and veterans about their tireless work to overcome challenges and provide help, hope, and housing.
In part two podcast about the K-Count of Kentucky’s homeless population, Kentucky Housing Corporation's (KHC) Executive Director, Edwin King, sits down with Caleb Rose who currently serves as the housing and outreach coordinator for the Pennyroyal Veteran’s Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky to talk about his experience in working with veterans who need help, hope, and housing.
In part one of two K-Count podcasts about homelessness in the state, Kentucky Housing Corporation's (KHC) Executive Director, Edwin King, sits down with Beverly Isom, who currently serves as the homeless services manager at the Kentucky Communities Economic Opportunity Council (KCEOC) Community Action Partnership, to talk about her experience and perspective in working directly with individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk, and provides community support programs.