March 2018

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, the office of Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, the office of Supervisor John Peschong, City of Paso Robles, Paso Robles Housing Authority, and Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce joined Peoples' Self-Help Housing for a ribbon cutting celebrating the grand opening of Creston Garden Apartments 
in Paso Robles, CA. Read more here.
John Fowler
When I started this letter I was in Sacramento, edits saw me in Washington, D.C. and by the time you read this I will hopefully be in New York!
I say all that not to illustrate how I'll be accumulating the frequent flyer miles I'll need to go back to D.C. in mid-April, but more importantly to show the sphere of influence PSHH has in critical housing issues being debated at both the state and national level.
Because of your support, the success of our projects and the professionalism of the staff, we have grown over the past 48 years into one of the most respected nonprofit voices in the field.  We have the ear of policy makers and legislators at all levels of government  - last week's meetings at the California Housing Convention and at the State Capitol were very fruitful; this week, delegates at the NeighborWorks Leadership Symposium and our elected officials on The Hill were keen to hear our challenges.  And, if the third Nor'easter in as many weeks doesn't blow me irretrievable off course, I'll be speaking with one of the most inspirational foundations in the country about a possible long-term partnership. 
While our local housing issues may yet find solutions at the national level, I can assure you options are rapidly dwindling. Indeed, there are many in our Nation's capital who have their eyes firmly fixed on the western horizon, on us, looking for our best practices to replicate around the country. 
To represent you, our neighbors and community members, around the country is a role I am proud to undertake, to advocate for those who need critical housing the most, the poor and the disenfranchised, is a humbling honor.

John Fowler, CPA
Jardin de Las Rosas Grand Opening April 18
Postponed due to the widespread impacts of the Thomas Fire, the grand opening for PSHH's newest 40-unit development in Santa Barbara is now scheduled for April 18. This flagship property features the Michael Towbes Community Center and Jeannette Duncan Learning Center. Read more
Program Promotes Business Ownership
Thanks to our Neighborhood Child Care Licensing Project, two women at a PSHH development in Santa Maria can now add "business owner" to their credentials. Guadalupe Mendoza and Elvia Salazar are now certified child care providers. Read more about these remarkable entrepreneurs!
Pre-Application Period Opens for Rolling Hills II
Pre-applications are being accepted now for PSHH's new development in Templeton: Rolling Hills II. Pre-applications received by April 6 are automatically added to the lottery to determine the processing order. Read more
San Miguel Owner-Builders Start Construction
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Ten families recently started the building process for their new homes in the Mission Gardens development. This is the first group of owner-builders for the 59-home subdivision in San Miguel, CA. Read more about our home ownership program.
Thank You to Our Supporters!
With the support of the whole community, PSHH is able to do so much more than build affordable housing.  Together , we build families, careers and opportunity.
  • David Boyd, a longtime PSHH volunteer, facilitated the donation of bed linen for residents in our Santa Barbara developments.
  • Whole Kids Foundation recently awarded a Garden Grant so that children at our Canyon Creek and Mariposa properties can learn to grow their own food.
You too can 'build more than housing',  make a generous gift today!
Partner Spotlight
Builders Circle Update 2017 Well after the concrete has set and the last kitchen cabinet was installed, the generous contractors, designers and stakeholders of Builders Circle continue to invest in our developments. This prestigious group provides funding, materials and services that help our residents live stable and independent lives. See our current member list or join today!
Join Our Team - Employment Opportunities
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
El Patio Hotel
Celebrating 7 years
Located in Ventura, this 1927 Spanish Colonial style hotel was restored by PSHH in 2011 and now offers 40 single occupancy, furnished rooms.

Nipomo III
Celebrating 24 and 25 years
Located in Nipomo, this 97-home subdivision was completed in two phases and features homes of varying sizes built within 8-10 months of each other.
In Other Housing News...
Central Coast
Rents are rising faster in SLO County than rest of state
The cost to rent a two-bedroom home has risen more in San Luis Obispo County than anywhere else in the state over the last four years - up more than 50 percent since 2013, according to recent data. Read more 

The state's housing supply is the tightest in the nation
Looking for housing in California - to buy or rent - means having the fewest choices in the nation.  A curious stat from the U.S. Census Bureau tracks empty residences, whether those units are rentals or ownership properties.    Read more  

A visual look at Single Room Occupancy housing history
The same cities that struggle to provide affordable housing today eliminated their critical-but-maligned flexible housing stock after World War II. See a visual look back at this change. 

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