Housing Assistance Program

SWAP’s Housing Assistance Program

Two MCC volunteers who live on the Hindman Settlement School campus coordinate the Knott County Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP) program, a “Serve and Learn” program that provides safe, warm, and dry housing for families living in substandard housing in five Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia counties.

The program draws volunteers of all ages from many parts of the country. Work groups travel to Knott County and are housed by the Hindman United Methodist Church. In the past three years, the SWAP program has helped more than 50 families in Knott County. They have also helped more than 500 volunteers to:

• Gain a relationship with these homeowners;
• Learn about Appalachian culture;
• Participate in a week of home repair; and
• Reflect about service to others.