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UofL joins Project Women to address important community need

June 28th, 2007

The University of Louisville will take part in a project near its Belknap Campus to help unemployed or underemployed single parents pursue an education to become self-sufficient.

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher, Project Women, UofL administration and state and local officials announced June 28 the development of Louisville Scholar House.

Administered by Kentucky Housing Corp., Scholar House will provide affordable housing, counseling and on-site child care for single parents who are pursuing post-secondary education.

Participants in Scholar House will attend workshops on health maintenance, parenting skills, management of family resources, nutrition, problem solving, work skills and job-search techniques. They will receive continuous support from neighbors and staff while fulfilling academic or vocational training course work as a full-time student.

UofL is making available to Project Women a one-half block tract west of Belknap Campus on a $1-per-year lease. The College of Education and Human Development will contribute its expertise, and many other university departments are providing services. UofL also has pledged to help raise money for the project.

“We’re thrilled to take part in this creative approach to making education and child care accessible to single parents,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “This is a great example of what the state, the university and the community can accomplish when we join forces to address an important community need.”

Louisville Scholar House is the second of five developments that will be built around the state. The first was announced earlier in June in Bowling Green. Each one will include an on-site child care facility to allow parents time to attend classes and focus on their educations. All services are free as long as a participant is a full-time student and remains within program guidelines.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Louisville Scholar House is expected to be held in the fall. The facility should be open by fall 2008.

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