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Enrollment open for single parents in college; Lincoln Grant Scholar House aims for December residency

Lincoln Grant School, to be Lincoln Grant Scholar House

Lincoln Grant School, to be Lincoln Grant Scholar House

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC) is now screening and accepting applications for enrollment in the Lincoln Grant Scholar House (LGSH), which will provide education, support and housing assistance for single parents who enroll full-time in college.
The LGSH is scheduled to open in December 2016 in the historic Lincoln Grant School building and will serve at least 45 parents and 68 children annually.
Applicants must be Kentucky residents and will need to go through a phone screening process and attend an orientation meeting and housing interview with NKCAC. Targeted outreach will be directed to and enrollment priority given to U.S. military veterans and single parent families at risk due to toxic stress or domestic violence.
LGSH adult residents are required to be enrolled in post-secondary education, which will result in opportunities for better jobs with higher earning potential. They will also have access to resources designed to help them succeed, such as counseling, supportive services, early childhood education and wrap-around childcare.
The program brings new life to the former Lincoln Grant School building at 824 Greenup St., which served Covington’s African American students from 1932 to 1965, when the state desegregated all public schools. The building later served as a neighborhood community center for more than 25 years but has been empty for a number of years.
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission has a 50-year history of helping individuals and families develop the knowledge, opportunities and resources they need to achieve self-reliance.

Florence Tandy

Florence Tandy

“I am extremely proud of the Lincoln Grant Scholar House initiative and the opportunities it will provide to our community,” NKCAC Executive Director Florence Tandy said. “We are known for providing services that help families in need, and the Lincoln Grant Scholar House will help create a successful path out of poverty for many single parent families.”
LGSH staff members are currently scheduling phone and in-person screenings. Interested applicants can call 859-581-6607 or 859-655-2987 and ask to speak to a Lincoln Grant Scholar House staff person. Referrals to orientation session dates and times will be provided upon completion of screening intake.
Orientation sessions will be conducted frequently for interested candidates to move through the residential process and learn about program and housing requirements.
About the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (NKCAC)
Since 1966, NKCAC has helped low-income individuals and families develop the knowledge, opportunities and resources they need to achieve self-reliance. The NKCAC operates in eight counties in Northern Kentucky (Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton) with limited services in 18 additional Kentucky counties. The comprehensive range of services include early childhood education, job training, energy and other financial assistance, affordable housing, senior services, weatherization, child abuse prevention, healthcare enrollment, entrepreneurship and educational services. Each year, more than 11,500 families and 25,000 individuals benefit from the services that NKCAC provides.
About the historic Lincoln Grant School
Built in the early 1930s and dedicated on March 31, 1932, the building at 824 Greenup St. served as Covington’s public school for African-American students in grades K-12. Lincoln Grant closed in 1965 when it, like other schools in Kentucky, was desegregated, and then operated as an elementary school from 1966 to 1976 under the name of Twelfth District Elementary. Subsequently, the building served as the Northern Kentucky Community Center, providing recreation, education, cultural experiences and fellowship for Eastside neighborhood residents for more than 25 years. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has also been designated as an African American Heritage Site by the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, under the administration of the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office.

You might also be interested in these previous NKyTribune stories about Lincoln Grant House and the history of the school:

Reunion celebrates live and legacy of Lincoln-Grant School

Lincoln Grant Scholars House bringing new life to historic school

Groundbreaking for Lincoln Grant Scholar House


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