A note from our CEO, John Fowler
John Fowler

April is National Fair Housing Month, in honor of the anniversary of the passing of the Fair Housing Act in 1968. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this month is a time for the nation to recommit to the goal of eliminating housing discrimination and to create equal opportunity in every community. 

At Peoples' Self-Help Housing, we are committed to social justice, inclusion and diversity. Because of support from other nonprofits, service providers, partners, and people like you, we are able to advocate for the most vulnerable in our community and together, we continue to make meaningful progress to address housing challenges. We join everyone across the nation this month who are doing the s ame.

On a personal note, I would like to  express how deeply saddened the entire Peoples' Self-Help Housing (PSHH) and The Duncan Group (TDG) families are over loss of Michael Towbes (The Towbes Group, Montecito Bank & Trust and many other organizations in the greater Santa Barbara Area).
 
Mike leaves a legacy of philanthropy, human spirit and business savvy behind like no other and he will be greatly missed by everyone who was touched by him as a person and/or by his many business ventures and community involvement.
 
He had a huge impact on PSHH and TDG operations for over 20 years as a Board member, as well as a resourceful collaborator, business partner, philanthropist and avid supporter of our programs/services. His calm demeanor and business acumen will be greatly missed here!

Potential Residents Anticipate April 26 Lottery for
40 New Affordable Apartments in Santa Barbara
JDLR Sketch
Peoples' Self-Help Housing (PSHH) will hold a lottery drawing on April 26 to determine the order in which qualified applicants will be processed for residency at the 40 new apartments at the Jardin de las Rosas affordable housing complex.

The drawing starts at 11 a.m. at Santa Barbara City Hall located at 735 Anacapa Street, with applicants, invited elected officials, development/funding partners and media in attendance to witness the proceedings. Qualified applicants will be assigned lottery numbers, pulled individually from a tumbler. Read more.
Community Impact Measurement Survey
Peoples' Self-Help Housing is seeking volunteers to help facilitate our Santa Maria Community Impact Measurement Survey. The goal of this project is to quantify our community impact and compare it to data collected in 2013. We will accomplish this by gathering information affecting local populations such as road quality, neighborhood safety, and access to resources. Our volunteer team will survey Santa Maria residents near Blosser Road from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 and from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9 .   Read more.
And the Award goes to...!
Olivia Lunar

Congratulations to Olivia Lunar who won the Latino Legacy Award for Parent Involvement  from Central Coast Future Leaders, Inc.

Olivia is PSHH's Health Services Coordinator and has been integral in engaging the Latino community to participate in decision making processes within their school systems and local, state and federal government.
 
We are thrilled to have such committed individuals on our staff and very proud of Olivia and her accomplishment!
National College Signing Day
Join us at the 2nd annual National College Signing Day and help us celebrate and support 20 of our resident students, who are achieving their dreams of attending college!
 
These dedicated student residents live at various PSHH affordable communities located along the Central Coast. On April 27 they will gather to sign commitment letters to attend 4 year private and public colleges,
universities and community colleges. In addition, 8 of those students will receive $2,000 scholarships at this event, funded through donations, grants and support from PSHH's property management agent, The Duncan Group.
 
College Signing Day will be hosted by PSHH and is modeled after National College Signing Day, an initiative launched by Michelle Obama. The initiative's goal is to energize students and get them excited about higher education, and to emphasize the importance of an academic college commitment.
 
"Deciding where you're going to college is exciting," said John Fowler, PSHH CEO & President "This event showcases our graduating seniors who are taking charge of their future and committing to higher education. We are very proud of them!" 
 
College Signing Day Invite
Art from the Heart
SLOMO Project Arte
Last year the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art brought Project Arte to Canyon Creek in Paso Robles, and this year the museum is bringing its fantastic art classes to River View Townhomes in Guadalupe. The collaboration between PSHH and the museum brings not only art classes, food and childcare onsite to the budding artists, but also field trips and a sense of community. With an average of 18 residents attending each class, the initial collaboration at Canyon Creek was a huge success, which we hope to build on and grow at River View Townhomes.  Read more. 
Welcome to the PSHH Family!
Peoples' Self-Help Housing is excited to welcome Nick Tompkins as a new member to the Board of Directors.  Nick is a sixth generation Central Coast native, California Polytechnic State University graduate, and brings more than 38 years of entrepreneurial experience to the organization. Read more.
Anniversaries
PSHH Staff Anniversary
Catherine Manning - 4 Years

The Duncan Group Staff Anniversary
Luis Ayala - 2 Years

Homeownership Development Anniversaries
25 Years - Harvest Meadows,  Templeton, 48 units
5 Years - Terebinth Lane Homes,  Templeton, 29 units

Rental Development Anniversaries
15 Years - Dahlia Court Apartments,  Carpinteria, 54 units
Housing News from around the Nation
Seattle Is Creating a Ton of Low-Income Housing. How Do We Decide Who Gets It?
On December 7 the Low Income Housing Institute held a grand opening celebration for a new housing development in the Central District, called Abbey Lincoln Court. The development, containing 68 apartments of various sizes... Read more.

421-a's revival, Affordable New York, incentivizes low-income housing
As part of the $153.1 billion budget brokered by Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators last Friday, an agreement was finally hammered out to revive the 421-a program, which provided tax breaks to developers building affordable housing. Read More.

Apartments for Anchorage's long-term homeless open near downtown
The latest attempt to put a roof over the heads of Anchorage's long-term homeless residents has opened up on Third Avenue near downtown. Operated by Rural Alaska Community Action Program, the project marks the latest in a growing effort to... Read more.

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Contact Information

San Luis Obispo Office 
3533 Empleo Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone (805) 781-3088
Fax (805) 544-1901

Santa Barbara Office
26 E. Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone (805) 962-5152
Fax (805) 962-8152