Isaiah House chosen for new USDA pilot program

Isaiah House Treatment Center is the first in the nation to be chosen for a new USDA Rural Development initiative that will provide transitional housing for recovering addicts and their families.

The pilot program was announced Aug. 31st at the 2018 SOAR Summit in Pikeville by USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg. The partnership with Isaiah House enables USDA to sell vacant, foreclosed homes at a discount to provide housing, treatment, job training and other key services for people in drug treatment and recovery.

Under the agreement, Isaiah House is purchasing two USDA-owned homes in Kentucky’s Hart and Rockcastle counties. Clients will renovate the homes through Isaiah House’s job training and employment program, which is part of its wrap around treatment model that strives to address every area of a recovering addict’s life that may impact their ability to stay sober.

“Over the years, we have found that clients who can function in the workplace are far more likely to maintain sobriety over time,” said Mike Cox, Isaiah House president. “Financial stress and inability to meet personal and family needs is a leading cause of addicts returning to old behavior. The employment program provides our clients with the opportunity to acquire new job skills and gain work experience.” When the renovations are complete, the homes will be converted to transitional housing for Kentucky residents in addiction recovery and their immediate families.

Founded in 1999, Isaiah House is one of Kentucky’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment centers. In 2017, residential and outpatient treatment were provided for 378 Kentucky residents from 76 different counties. Isaiah House is dual-licensed by the State of Kentucky and nationally accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

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