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August, 2015 - In This Issue
After nearly two years without water, a new well was drilled on August 3 at the home of the Magaña family who reside in the small, rural community of Seville. The family, who received an interim water tank to meet basic sanitation and hygiene needs, qualified for a Zero-Interest Deferred Payment Loan through the Tulare County Resource Management Agency's Cal Home Program.
Staff from our Partner Programs and Community Development department worked closely with the County of Tulare and Belknap Pump Co. to assist this family affected by the drought.
Self-Help Enterprises offers an exciting work environment where you can bring your high caliber skills to a true career opportunity and impact the world around you.

We have an opening for a  Construction Superintendent responsible for training and supervision of New Homes participants throughout the construction process. This position is primarily focused in our northern service area (Fresno and northern San Joaquin Valley). 

In October 2014, Tulare County received a $1 million grant from the California Water Resources Control Board's Cleanup and Abatement Account to fund an interim drinking water program for schools whose water supply is contaminated with nitrates, arsenic and other contaminants.
Self-Help Enterprises offered to assist the County in enrolling more schools. An outreach campaign quickly netted three additional enrollments in the bottled water program, saving school districts thousands of dollars a year on water they would otherwise have purchased with their limited school budgets. A private drinking water company delivers water to each school.
With the help of Self-Help Enterprises' Community Development staff, students from Sausalito Elementary School (90 students), Alpaugh Unified School District (300 students), and Pixley Union School District (1,085 students) now have safe drinking water funded through the program.
Self-Help Enterprises is offering a HUD-approved Homebuyer Education class to prepare prospective homebuyers for the home buying process.
The classes, held in English, will take place at Self-Help Enterprises on September 14 and September 21 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. Cost is $75 for the first individual and $25 for each additional borrower on loan. Prospective homebuyers must attend both sessions.
Class participants will receive a certificate of completion that could qualify buyers for valuable first-time homebuyer programs like down payment and closing cost assistance.
Learn more here.  To register, please call 559-802-1672.  


Self- Help Enterprises partnered with Madera Star 399 "Sierra Riders" for a back-to-school backpack donation. The backpacks and school supplies, generously donated by Clawson Honda Motorsports, were presented to 80 children in kindergarten to twelfth grade who reside in Self-Help Enterprises' Parksdale Village II apartment rental community in Madera.
Self-Help Enterprises also partnered with Wells Fargo and Assemblymember Rudy Salas to donate backpacks to children who reside in four of our apartment rental communities. Through a $5,000 donation from Wells Fargo, in partnership with Assemblymember Salas, and $1,000 from Self-Help Enterprises, 52 students in kindergarten to twelfth grade from Lincoln Plaza in Hanford, 57 students from Villa Hermosa in Wasco, 60 students from Sunrise Villa in Wasco, and 74 students from Solinas Village in McFarland received new backpacks complete with school supplies, including pencils, pens, notebooks, scissors, calculators, and folders.
Studies show that stable and affordable housing provides children with enhanced opportunities for educational success. The backpacks not only make a difference for returning students, but also to a family's budget - especially in these low-income communities. These donations, combined with our after school program offered at the apartment rental communities, will prepare students to succeed and help build the next generation of leaders. If you would like to make a donation to the Resident Services program, visit our donation page. Thank you for your support!

A coalition of businesses and nonprofits, including Self-Help Enterprises, announced the launch of the California Drought Relief Fund , a new effort to crowdfund support for marginalized communities hit hard by the state's unprecedented drought, now in its fourth year.
The Fund will support local relief organizations helping families who have run out of water, primarily in the Central and Salinas Valleys, as well as victims of mega wildfires, which have inflicted more damage due to drought conditions.   
Businessperson, philanthropist and clean energy advocate Tom Steyer and his wife Kat Taylor have made an initial seed grant of $100,000 towards the overall goal of $250,000. One hundred percent of funds raised will be divided among three local relief organizations -- Self Help Enterprises, the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW), and the California Fire Foundation (CFF).
Self-Help Enterprises and EJCW are helping households whose wells have run dry by providing emergency bottled water, installing temporary water storage tanks, connecting houses to municipal water supplies, and arranging low interest loans for new water well construction. CFF supports firefighters and operates the SAVE program, which helps first responders distribute immediate cash relief to wildfire victims.
The California drought is the worst in the past 1,200 years. Ninety-five percent of the state is in severe, extreme or exceptional drought, and it's clear that climate change is playing a role, increasing chances that low precipitation and high heat coincide to create crushing drought. Self-Help Enterprises is now working with seven of the eight counties in our service area on drought relief efforts. New staff have been hired to meet the demand for interim water tanks and coordination for long-term solutions.

The California Drought Relief Fund will accept contributions throughout summer 2015. Visit www.droughtrelief.org to learn more and to make a contribution. Follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #CADroughtRelief.

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