Kent Attainable Housing, Inc. Awarded $810,000 in Congressional Funding to Address Affordable Housing in Kent County, Maryland

CHESTERTOWN — March 25, 2024: Kent Attainable Housing, Inc. (KAH) has been awarded $810,000 in Congressional funding to address the affordable housing crisis in Kent County, Maryland. Maryland's U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen secured the funding as part of a package of Fiscal Year 2024 government funding bills, which the President signed. This significant allocation is a vital step forward in addressing the urgent need for affordable housing in Kent County.

Kent Attainable Housing Welcomes Kate Van Name as Executive Director

CHESTERTOWN — The Board of Directors of Kent Attainable Housing is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Van Name as Executive Director as of January 1. Van Name will work with the Kent Attainable (KAH) Board, Staff, and Volunteer Leaders to accelerate KAH’s positive impact in Kent County. Taylor Frey, KAH Board President, expressed his enthusiasm regarding Van Name’s appointment, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome Kate as our Executive Director. Her energetic leadership style and extensive background in financial management, operational excellence, and scalable and sustainable business models make her an ideal fit for Kent Attainable. We are grateful for her leadership as we launch a new phase of home construction, financial literacy, and community revitalization initiatives in 2024.”
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Kent Attainable Housing to use ARPA funds to aid in homeownership

CHESTERTOWN — Kent Attainable Housing, Inc. (KAH) is pleased to announce the acceptance of a $178,750 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant from the Town of Chestertown. KAH will use these funds to support its efforts to increase affordable homeownership opportunities and address housing insecurity for low-to-moderate-income families who live or work in Chestertown. “KAH is incredibly grateful to the Chestertown Mayor and Town Council for giving us the opportunity to grow our impact and support the economic vitality of this community. Affordable housing is key to Chestertown’s future. Breaking down barriers to access homeownership will allow local families to build wealth and financial resiliency. The broader Chestertown community will also have the opportunity to garner greater economic stability and investment in development and community revitalization.” said Taylor Frey, President of Kent Attainable Housing’s Board.
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Kent Attainable Housing discusses differences with Rebuilding Together Kent County

CHESTERTOWN —Rebuilding Together Kent County and Kent Attainable Housing are often confused with each other. Still, since they work together on many housing projects, it’s easy to point potential clients in the right direction. While both are involved with addressing housing in Kent County, think of Kent Attainable Housing as the organization that works to “break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by building or renovating affordable houses and partnering with limited-income, working families to prepare for and buy a home,” and Rebuilding Together as the organization that “provides home repairs and modifications to our neighbors with limited resources at no cost to the homeowner.”
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Kent Attainable Housing commemorates new office location with ribbon cutting and open house

CHESTERTOWN — On Friday, Feb. 17, with over 80 community members and leaders in attendance, Kent Attainable Housing, Inc. (KAH) celebrated the opening of its new office location at 114 S. Lynchburg Street, Suite D in Chestertown with a Kent County Chamber of Commerce sponsored Ribbon Cutting and an open house. This location marks the first physical location for KAH to run operations since its founding in 2019.
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Kent Attainable Housing receives 2022 Maryland Sustainable Growth Award

CHESTERTOWN-- Kent Attainable Housing, Inc. (KAH) received the 2022 Sustainable Growth Award from the Maryland Department of Planning in the Sustainable Communities category. These awards recognize people and projects that advance sustainable growth and conservation in Maryland and are for facilitating or creating development that addresses at least one or more of Maryland’s 12 Planning Visions. Please visit https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDMDP/bulletins/3380954?reqfrom=share for the official press release sent by the Maryland Department of Planning for more information on the Award and other organizations that received this recognition.
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Redlining and Real Estate Appraisal Gaps: Kent Attainable Housing Hosts Brooke Lierman

Kent Attainable Housing hosted a lunch and learn with District 46 Delegate Brooke Lierman at The Retriever Bar in Chestertown to discuss state housing policy and implications for local rural communities like Kent County. Brooke was a lead sponsor for legislation that is designed to help confront the real estate appraisal gap in redlined communities; specifically, “the bill would provide funds to help developers cover the gap between renovation costs and appraisal values in certain distressed areas, a persistent thorn in neighborhood redevelopment efforts,” according to Baltimore Business Journal.
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Kent Attainable Housing Receives a Grant

Kent County News CHESTERTOWN — Mid-Shore Community Foundation has awarded Kent Attainable Housing, a two-year $50,000 grant to convert the part-time executive director position held by Darius Johnson to full time. According to a news release, expanding this essential staff position to full time will strengthen the ability of Kent Attainable Housing to focus on developing and implementing a sustainable model for affordable housing in Kent County, while building community and political support for systemic change and a succession plan to advance the mission over the next decade.
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Kent Attainable Housing Mourns Passing of Co-Founder, Ed Minch

When Ed collapsed on Monday afternoon at 24909 Lambs Meadow Road, he was doing exactly what he wanted to be doing. He, along with Bob Ingersoll and some hearty volunteers had endured hot and steamy days to clear garbage, brush, and debris from the site of Kent Attainable Housing’s second affordable house. That day, he planned to finish up with some straw and fencing in advance of laying the foundation. He was hot, and sweaty, and dirty and he was happy.
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Garnet House is Now Landscaped

Thanks to ShoreRivers, the new house on College Avenue in Chestertown, built by Kent Attainable Housing (KAH), is now surrounded by a yard full of greenery native to Maryland. Shore Rivers, a regional non-profit organization, has partnered with KAH as part of its mission to promote protection and restoration of Eastern Shore waterways.
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Kent Attainable Housing Receives $10,000 grant from the Women and Girls Fund

Kent Attainable Housing has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Women and Girls Fund whose mission statement is “Using the power of pooled resources to improve the lives of women and girls on the Mid-Shore.” The grant was awarded for “mentoring first-time homeowners.”
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ShoreRivers Donates River-Friendly Yard to First Kent Attainable Home

The Chestertown Spy, 09/28/2020
Kent County News, 09/29/2020

Site preparation has begun on the first home being built by Kent Attainable Housing at the College Avenue property that was the site of the original Garnet High School.

Kent County News, 02/24/2020

Kent Attainable Housing, the nonprofit building homes for low income ownership, is partnering with BB&T Bank to teach financial management skills to prospective homebuyers.

Kent County News, 11/20/2019 by Leann Schenke

What might seem like a given for some, Kent Attainable Housing is trying to turn the often far-fetched dream of ownership into a reality for all members of the community.

The Chestertown Spy, 08/07/2019
Kent County News, 08/13/2019
The Star Democrat, 08/23/2019


Thanks to generous donors and a community-minded law firm – Rasin, Wootton and Hurd – who did the settlement pro bono, Kent Attainable Housing, Inc. was able to buy its first lot in Chestertown to build an affordable home for a Kent County family.

The Chestertown Spy, 08/21/2019

Kent Attainable Housing holds orientation meetings to introduce potential homebuyer applicants to the selection criteria and process of being approved to buy a Kent Attainable home.

The recently formed nonprofit Kent Attainable Housing has announced additions to its board of directors.

Kent Attainable Housing, Inc. is back on track and we expect that our applicant family will celebrate Thanksgiving at KAH’s first house on College Avenue! It hasn’t been easy, but we are excited to report today that the family that we pre-approved long ago in March is on its way to home ownership.

Kent Attainable Housing Inc., whose mission is to make affordable housing available to families in poverty, has published an online “Resource Guide for Surviving the Challenges of the Coronavirus.”