Housing Development Alliance
Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1993, the Housing Development Alliance serves as lender, counselor, developer, and contractor for low-income persons in need of housing assistance. Since 1993, we have built over 100 new homes, provided over 200 home repairs, developed over 30 rental units and invested over $10 million into the local economy.
Who We Serve
The Housing Development Alliance is an equal opportunity housing provider. We work with a variety of homeowners, including but not limited to young working couples with children, single parents, persons with disabilities and elderly persons. The Housing Development Alliance serves people at or below 80% of the Area Median Income in Perry County, and parts of Breathitt, Knott and Leslie Counties.
According to the Housing Assistance Council’s report “Taking Stock,” Perry County is the 102nd poorest county in the nation. Perry County’s poverty rate according to the 2000 Census is 29.1%, or 2.35 times the national average. Knott County is the 74th poorest county with 31.1% poverty; Leslie is ranked 57th with 32.7% poverty and Breathitt is ranked 48th with 33.2% poverty. All four counties are all designated as distressed Appalachian Counties by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The Housing Development Alliance believes safe, decent affordable housing is a basic human right. The Housing Development Alliance strives to develop a variety of housing options including shelter for the homeless; transitional housing; affordable rental housing; repair and rehabilitation of existing homes; and affordable new homes for person with low and very low incomes. As a community based nonprofit, we seek to bring together all sectors of the community to help eliminate substandard housing.
“It’s my dream house,” declares new homeowner John Pittard.
After struggling through alcoholism, medical problems, and homelessness, John went to Corner Haven, the homeless shelter managed by Community Ministries. While at Corner Haven, he began working with a case manager and Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, a program designed to help individual households afford housing costs.
In August 2002, John moved into High Street Housing, a building of 10 efficiency apartments for formerly homeless individuals managed by the Housing Development Alliance. But John still had other plans.
He began working toward homeownership with the Housing Development Alliance staff. After working through past credit issues and medical bills, John was approved for homeownership.
Throughout the construction of his one-and-a-half story home, he worked with carpenters and volunteers alike, especially during the painting and finish carpentry work.
John now has an affordable mortgage through Kentucky Housing Corporation’s HOME program, and a deferred loan through USDA-Rural Development.
“This house is not just mine,” he states. “Together we can do things that we can’t do alone.”
P.O. Box 7284, Hazard, KY 41702
TTY-711 (Hearing Impaired)