Lincoln Grant Scholar House (LGSH)
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC) works to transform the lives of at-risk families by helping them develop knowledge and opportunities to achieve self-reliance. Since 1966, it has developed strong community partnerships and evolved into Northern Kentucky’s preeminent multipurpose human services agency, while still focusing on families’ needs. NKCAC serves 25,000 individuals every year, primarily across eight Northern Kentucky counties. Most LGSH residents come from the urban core areas of Kenton, Campbell, and Boone counties.
The Program: Modeled after the nationally recognized “Family Scholar House” in Louisville, KY, LGSH offers a supportive and low-rent residence where single parents may live with their children until they earn their degree. When it initially opened, all apartments were quickly filled (45 adults and 85 kids), with another 22 families on the wait list. Nearly 85% of residents, all first-generation college students, previously had been homeless or marginally housed. Counseling, academic advising, and comprehensive educational plans ensure residents maintain the required 2.0 GPA. Career services and life skills services such as financial literacy, parenting, and nutrition classes move them toward personal goals, like homeownership. Importantly, LGSH gives their kids a stable environment, positive role models, children’s programming, and priority enrollment in high-quality education like Head Start.
LGSH also demonstrates the power of redevelopment and how it can inspire residents and an entire community.
In 2016, NKCAC renovated the decades-vacant Lincoln Grant School, Covington’s first African American public school, now on the National Register of Historic Places. It is now a vibrant residential campus with 45 2-3 bedroom apartments, computer lab, family fitness center, theater, and children’s library. The once-blighted block where pizza delivery had been refused now harbors a secure and supportive community of hard-working parent-students that is embraced by neighbors and the City of Covington.
Impact 100 funds will support purchasing and maintaining computer equipment, IT support, better internet access, and child learning resources and provide wireless access points in each apartment along with post-secondary educational tech support services/resources.