A New Roof Over Her Head
China has lived in her Fresno house for over 20 years; long enough to build a beautiful home where her children and grandchildren are able to spend quality time together. A neighborhood she describes as “nice and quaint” is where she hopes to continue living for many more years.
 
“It’s a good neighborhood, we all know one another,” says China. “And I love working in my backyard and in my garden.”
 
With the passage of time, however, her home has gone through some wear and tear, particularly on her roof. She had plans to get it fixed but when COVID-19 hit, she was one of the many individuals who lost their jobs. Read More.
The Rural Communities Water Managers Leadership Institute is Under Way
The first session for the Rural Communities Water Managers Leadership Institute launched on Saturday, April 24 with 17 residents across the San Joaquin Valley participating (virtually) to gain the skills and knowledge to better engage in regional and groundwater management programs in their communities. Topics that will be covered throughout the six-month program includes includes valuable information about water management and planning locally and statewide as well as developing tools and gaining resources to enhance participation and representation of rural communities in water planning. SHE staff are excited for another successful year building capacity with our San Joaquin Valley representatives in water management!
Drive Thru Vaccine & Resource Fair in Porterville
Self-Help Enterprises teamed up with our friends at Listos California, United Way of Tulare County, County of Tulare and other trusted organizations to hold a drive-through vaccine & resource fair from April 18th through April 20th. A total of 736 people were vaccinated at this event. In addition, participants were able to pick up a bag of non-perishable food. Upon completing the event, left over bags were delivered to our multifamily sites.
The Grand Opening of Stonegate Village
On Tuesday, April 20th, Self-Help Enterprises (SHE) released their grand opening video for their new 138-unit affordable rental housing community, Stonegate Village, located at 625 Logan way in Patterson, CA. The grand opening video can be accessed using this link: https://vimeo.com/538884072
 
Stonegate Village includes 46 one-bedroom, 46 two-bedroom and 46 three-bedroom apartments with a spacious outdoor playground, basketball court, picnic tables, BBQ grills and an on-site laundry room. A centrally located community building is equipped with a computer lab, site-wide Wi-Fi and meeting space ideal for resident services, including exercise classes, various social activities, a wide-range of afterschool programs for children and wellness programs. Read More.
Community News & Activities
CA COVID‐19 Rent Relief Available to Income Eligible Households

Income eligible households who need financial assistance for unpaid rent and utilities will be able to apply for help through the CA COVID‐19 Rent Relief program. If you have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID‐19, have past due rent or utilities, and have a household income that is not more than 80% of the area median income, you may be eligible to receive help to pay past due or future rent and utilities from the state of California. Landlords and renters can verify eligibility immediately by visiting HousingIsKey.com, or by calling 833‐430‐2122, and if eligible, apply.
SOMAH Program

The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program provides financial incentives to substantially offset the cost of a solar PV system for multifamily buildings in Disadvantaged Communities (DAC). SOMAH ensures long-term, direct economic benefits for tenants and households by requiring the majority of the PV system load to directly benefit tenant occupied units. SHE is focusing outreach efforts to DAC properties in Kern, Tulare, and Fresno Counties. In the last quarter SHE began property outreach in these three counties and has been strategizing ways to successfully engage with potentially eligible property owners.
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