U.S. Representative Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a grant of $266,000 to Foothills Academy, Inc. to establish and maintain a home for at-risk youth, the Otter Creek Academy. Foothills Academy plans to construct and operate a 48-bed at-risk female juvenile residential treatment facility in Wayne County.
“Nothing is more important then helping our children get the personal care and attention, counseling, and medical treatment they need to get their lives back on track,” stated Rogers. “The Otter Creek Academy will simply add to our arsenal to fight drugs and improve the lives of young women. I am pleased to see this federal funding build on our efforts to improve programs and options for at-risk youth in southern and eastern Kentucky.”
The new 48-bed residential facility will serve girls ages 14-18 and will include administration areas, classrooms, and an activity center. The project will create approximately 50 jobs. These grant and loan funds are made available through the USDA-Rural Development office. The amount includes $35,640 in grant funds and $29,160 in loan funds repayable over 10 years.
Rogers works to provide funding for the USDA-Rural Development in his role as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.