April 2019

On April 10,  Peoples' Self-Help Housing celebrated the start of its newest affordable housing for seniors in Santa Maria with a groundbreaking celebration for Sierra Madre Cottages.
April is National Fair Housing Month

This month, as we commemorate the 51st anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act, we are reminded that but for this landmark legislation, which protects people from housing discrimination on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability status, and veteran status, our communities would be very different places.

PSHH itself is a direct descendant of the FHA, its provisions allowing a group of concerned citizens in the early 1970's to organize, seek the necessary funding, and help pioneering families leverage their collective "sweat equity" into home ownership.  From those efforts, the first of over fifty PSHH neighborhoods was born - Baywood Park in Los Osos.  

The FHA remains as important today, if not more so, than when it was first passed in 1968. Equal access to housing is a basic human right. Those who seek to deny access to this for others impoverish not only our communities but impoverish themselves. It is only within a rich vibrant mix of viewpoint, life experience, culture and age can we thrive as a society and evolve into our best possible selves. 

The vital part you have played through your support of PSHH over the years cannot be overstated .  Every letter you have written to elected  officials, every event you have attended , every volunteer hour, every check you've written, has advanced the ability  of the working poor to live with dignity and resiliency in safe and permanent housing.  You can be proud of your achievements , but I urge you not to be complacent.  

Almost every month at the national level I see insidious attempts to chip away at the FHA and at the local level I see threats to housing rights from gentrification and calcified communities.  In nature, if a plant or animal  monoculture dominates, an ecosystem can  collapse in on itself. The same is true for our societies. To remain healthy, our communities need to have open hearts, open arms and open minds.     

Let this anniversary of the FHA serve us all as a reminder of that. 

John Fowler, CPA

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PSHH Hosts Welcome BBQ for Santa Maria Residents
Our newest residents at Los Adobes de Maria III in Santa Maria were warmly welcomed to their  new community by neighbors with a festive barbecue.
The event, supported by the vision of the McCune Foundation, featured live music, face painting, games, a showcase by the Santa Maria Police Department, and a salsa cook-off.  
Carpinteria Residents Treated to Folklorico Performance
Flourishes and Fiesta
Peoples' Self-Help Housing recently partnered with The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center to co-sponsor a performance by Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles and Bellas Artes of Carpinteria. The vibrant event, held at PSHH's Chapel Court rental development in Carpinteria on April 14, helped foster community engagement while keeping folkloric traditions alive.  Read more
Key Legislation to Watch
Both the California and Federal Government have a number of key pieces of housing & development legislation to keep your eye on: 
  • SB 50: would increase density and height allowances around major public transit
  • SCA 1: would remove article 34 from California's constitution. Article 34 is a discriminatory measure that hinders low-income housing developments
  • AB 10: would double the amount of state low-income housing tax credits
  • AB 307: would require the state to develop and administer a grant program for homeless youth
  • ACA 1: would reduce the voter threshold to approve local bond measures
  • Governor Newsom's proposed budget includes approximately $2.4 billion for housing and planning assistance and must be passed by June 15. 
Learn mor e here and stay tuned for updates!

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Property Spotlights
PSHH Neighborhoods

Home Ownership Properties
Valentine Court
Celebrating 29 years
Enjoying a recent and extensive renovation, this property for seniors and those living with disabilities in Santa Maria includes 35 garden apartments set in a welcoming and accessible  environment.

Bridlepath Estates
Celebrating 15 years
Completed in 2004, this charming 22-home neighborhood in Los Alamos  was b uilt by owner-builders and volunteers. These homes continue to serve as a testament to the dedication of the hard-working families and volunteers who helped build them 15 years ago.  

PSHH in the News ...

'A long time coming': $9M affordable senior housing project breaks ground in Santa Maria
After more than a decade, Peoples' Self Help Housing officially broke ground on the Sierra Madre Cottages. These cottage-style homes will provide affordable housing for seniors in Santa Maria. Read more

Central Coast Voices: The impact of housing policy on the Central Coast 
While all of California is experiencing a housing crisis, the Central Coast may be feeling some of the worst impacts with two reports ranking San Luis Obispo County fifth and seventh for being the least affordable housing market in the nation. Listen to the story

...and in other Housing News
Central Coast
The widening gap between wages and housing costs in California and on the Central Coast, specifically, brought together leaders from across San Luis Obispo County Friday to discuss possible solutions.  Read more  

With renters struggling, California still needs 1.4 million more affordable units, report finds
The burden of finding affordable housing is impacting families across California. A new report from the California Housing Partnership calls for increased funding to meet this need. 

Q: Does Airbnb Cause Rents to Increase?
A: Yes!  Since hosts can make 50 to 200 percent more on short-term rentals than on long-term rentals, Airbnb affects purchase prices as well.  Read more

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