April 2018

Home Ownership San Miguel 2018
Last month, Peoples' Self-Help Housing welcomed home eight families into their newly completed houses in San Miguel. In lieu of a cash down payment, these first-time homeowners contributed over 2,000 hours of 'sweat equity' into the construction of their homes!  
To share in this exciting day, read more here.
President/CEO
John Fowler
April is a significant month for affordable housing. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, we are reminded that while this landmark civil rights legislation put to right many wrongs, there is still so much to do before we can say that everyone in our nation, everyone in our neighborhood, has access to decent, clean and affordable housing.

Helping us on that journey to universal housing equality is t he Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Passed in the 1970s to combat lending discrimination, the Act affirms the abiding principle that banks must serve the communities in which they do business.  And this includes every community and all income levels in that community.

We are so fortunate that the lending institutions in our community faithfully enact the CRA through their generous partnerships in our affordable housing developments. Without them, it would just not be possible to serve the "convenience and needs" of all of our neighbors, in particular those who struggle daily to simply put a roof over their heads.

Once again as I write this, I am in Washington D.C. As I walk past our founding principles of equality and justice made architecturally manifest in marble, the pride I feel to be in service to our mission is indescribable.  Thank you for your continued support, thank you for having a heart for housing and everyone of our neighbors.
 

John Fowler, CPA
President/CEO
Jardin de Las Rosas Earns Highest Environmental Rating
PSHH's newest development in Santa Barbara recently received a Platinum GreenPoint Rating, the top rating available, for its environmentally friendly features. The rating comes from California nonprofit group Build It Green just in time for the April 18 Grand Opening celebration for the 40-unit development. This flagship property also features the Michael Towbes Community Center and Jeanette Duncan Learning Center. Read more
College Signing Day Celebrates Local Students May 6
Scores of students living at PSHH properties will be celebrated for their scholastic achievements on May 6 in Santa Maria and cheered on as they select the colleges for their future studies. Family and friends will be joined by PSHH staff and VIPs at a celebratory lunch which will feature keynote speaker Margaret Lapiz, former VP at Kaiser Permanente. 
Support Students with a generous gift to the Scholarship Fund!
Join Paula & Charlie and support with a Recurring Gift!
We're Looking for Great People - Join Our Team!
PSHH and The Duncan Group are committed to retaining and training our talented and valued employees and are one of the top-rated non-profit employers in the region - join our team!  Look  here  for exciting opportunities with PSHH.
Property Spotlights
Rental Development

Home Ownership
Oak Forest Apartments
Celebrating 5 years
Located in Arroyo Grande, this 20-unit development was built in 2013 under the glories of spreading oak trees.

Guadalupe I
Celebrating 38 years
Still looking beautiful, this 34 house owner-builder development was one of the earliest PSHH projects in Santa Barbara County!
In Other Housing News...
Central Coast
SLO makes it cheaper to build to encourage more housing
The San Luis Obispo City Council hopes to spur construction of smaller-sized, more affordable homes to address the local housing crunch with a new policy unanimously passed adjusting developer impact fees. Read more 


California
Momentum Builds for Radical Action on Housing in the State
Recently,  the Los Angeles City Council gave housing advocates a lesson in why solving the statewide crisis in housing availability looks impossible to fix with a vote  opposing Senate Bill 827 Read more  


National
Walter Mondale: The Civil Rights Law We Ignored
Co-author of the 50-year-old Fair Housing Act writes on the how the measure designed to protect renters and buyers from discrimination was then versus how it is now and all that's happened in between. Read more

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