Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Recommends ARC Funding for housing projects

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to the Kentucky Housing Corporation for the Kentucky Appalachian Housing Program.

            ARC funds will assist the housing corporation with the construction and rehabilitation of low-income housing in the distressed counties of the ARC region.

            “These grant dollars will be used to build foundations,” said Governor Fletcher. “And when I say ‘foundations’ I mean that in two ways: foundations to support new homes and foundations to build stronger families.”

            The Kentucky Housing Corporation chooses which projects to fund and at what level.

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.