The Learning Villa
2245 East 18th Street
A Kentucky Housing Corporation “Scholar House” Initiative.
Sponsored by: Audubon Area Community Services, Inc. and Wabuck Development Company, Inc.
The Learning Villa is a housing development designed to assist single and married parents who are enrolled as full-time students in a post-secondary educational institution and working toward self-sufficiency.
The Learning Villa consist of 56 two-bedroom apartments containing approximately 900 square feet within each unit. Each unit has a range, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer, and the utilities are included in the rent. The site also includes a 10,000 square foot on-site child care facility which is operated by Audubon Area Community Services, a local qualified non-profit child care/Head Start provider and Kentucky’s largest community action agency. Also, located on site is a 1,600 square foot community building with a computer lab to be utilized by the tenants of the development.
Eligibility for this program is determined by income, full-time student status, having at least one dependent child under the age of 18, and other eligibility requirements as determined by The Learning Villa Services Board of Directors and the Section 8 program. Kentucky Child Care Assistance and Head Start funds are also available to eligible families to assist with child care needs/expenses.
The Learning Villa Program will offer workshops designed to assist the full-time parent student with family enrichment aids while they are fulfilling their academic coursework. These workshops may include enhanced health maintenance, parenting skills, management of family resources, nutritional knowledge, problem solving, work skills and job-search techniques,…just to name a few.
The mission of this program is to successfully work with local colleges to empower low-income families, through enrichment programs and services, to successfully graduate a 2 or 4 year post-secondary education degree program; thereby, enabling these individuals to self-sufficiently live and work within their communities.