Hope Building

In The Media

As a groundbreaking new program, Hope Building is creating unique workforce development opportunities for men and women in substance use recovery. With folks all over the region, state, and nation seeking more information about the program, we wanted to make news stories, video features, program brochures, and more available to you here. 

For members of the media wishing to do a story on Hope Building and/or our trainees, please contact Hope Building Director Shannon Gabbard at 606-436-0497 or email her.

Video Features

News Stories

Hope Building Completes First Home

This news article from The Hazard Herald covers the completion of the program's first house, which was built in the Emmalena community of Knott County. The home sold to a middle-income family in February 2020.

HDA Receives $800,000 Grant for Hope Building Project

Go back to when it all began with this report from WYMT-TV covering HDA's announcement that it had received an ARC POWER grant to fund an exciting new program for men and women in recovery!


Article: “Job Program Helps Recovering Addicts Rebuild Houses – And Their Lives” in The Daily Yonder by Kim Kobersmith

Photo Project: “There is More Work to Be Done: Building Homes and Bettering Lives in Appalachia” for the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) by Shawn Poynter

Article: “Investing in Appalachia: How Collaboration and Capital Are Building a More Resilient Region” in Land Lines Quarterly (April 2022) by Alena Klimas

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