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August, 2016 - In This Issue
Thank you to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for a $30,000 grant that will support our Homeownership Education program. Given the current housing and economic issues, it is more important than ever that potential homebuyers are equipped with strong financial planning and management skills and a solid homebuyer education. This grant will ensure that our work continues.

Pictured left to right: Crista Simpson and Lynn Knudson from Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Tom Collishaw, Self-Help Enterprises CEO; Susan Zachary-Kreps, Self-Help Enterprises Board Chair.
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 openings for a  Self-Help Housing Program Manager responsible for recruitment and financing activities of the mutual self-help housing program; multiple Community Development Specialist positions responsible for helping rural communities in obtaining safe drinking water and sanitary disposal systems; and a  Drought Project Tech responsible for conducting water sampling of temporary water tank systems and facilitating implementation of drought relief efforts.

More than 200 families and individuals in Bakersfield own their homes today with the help of the Wells Fargo HomeLIFT program, administered by Self-Help Enterprises. Homeowners benefited from a $15,000 down payment assistance grant that put families on a path to homeownership.
One of the 219 Bakersfield residents who received a HomeLIFT grant is Michelle Monroe who began her journey to homeownership after becoming a single mother of three and growing tired of renting. Yet, at the time Michelle did not have enough for a down payment to purchase a home in a neighborhood where she wanted her family to live. It wasn't until her lender reached out with an opportunity to pursue a HomeLIFT grant to help with down payment costs that homeownership became a reality. Michelle, who works as an emergency medical technician, secured a reservation for the HomeLIFT grant. Today, she and her family have a place to call home.

The HomeLIFT program is a collaboration between Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America® and local non-profit organizations, like Self-Help Enterprises. The HomeLIFT program is designed to provide sustainable homeownership initiatives in cities affected by the housing crisis.
NeighborWorks America® has officially announced the network organizations to be featured in the upcoming NeighborWorks Book to be published December 2016. Self-Help Enterprises is honored to be featured in the book.

The book will consist
of case studies highlighting the outstanding work being done in community development, as well as innovative solutions in affordable housing. The strength of the NeighborWorks network and the peer-to-peer resources build an elite solution-based platform to improve lives and strengthen communities to overcome even the toughest of challenges.
We are proud to not only be participating in this project, but also
be a chartered member of the NeighborWorks network. Stay tuned for more exciting events to come. You can also follow along on social media channels using the official hashtag: #OurNWBook.
After years without running water, East Porterville residents in Tulare County are being connected to a new, permanent, sustainable source of water that will return their home taps to normal and end hardships brought on by the drought.

As many as 1,800 homes in East Porterville with either no water or undrinkable water in their wells are expected to be connected to the City of Porterville's water system by the end of 2017. Now under way is the project's Phase 1A, during which up to 70 homes will receive water from City of Porterville distribution lines that were previously installed in East Porterville streets but had not been connected to homes.

The first connection was made on August 19 at the home of Guillermina and Leonicio Ramirez. The Ramirez family had lived in their home for more than a decade when their well went dry. Initially, the family hauled water from Terra Bella twice a week, which was used to take sponge baths, wash dishes, and keep their home clean.

The water connection project is a joint effort between the State Water Resources Control Board, the Department of Water Resources, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Tulare County, the City of Porterville, Self-Help Enterprises, Community Services Employment Training (CSET), and Community Water Center.

Between the drought years of 2013 and 2016, groundwater levels in the unincorporated area of East Porterville declined significantly, causing many household wells to go dry. Residents, including the Ramirez family, have been relying on deliveries of bottled water and a 3,000 gallon temporary water tank. The interim solution, implemented by Tulare County Office of Emergency Services through a partnership with Self-Help Enterprises, CSET and United Way, helped keep families in their homes.
Self-Help Enterprises will continue to be a partner in this project that will connect the entire East Porterville community over the next two years.
Summer Lunch: Kids and teens from our Villa de Guadalupe apartment rental community in Orosi received free nutritious breakfast and lunch through a partnership with the organization Share Our Strength and their program No Kid Hungry.

This two-week pilot program helped implement solutions that deliver healthy food to children in rural communities during the summer break. The pilot model brought the food closer to the homes of the children and allowed for the flexibility of picking the meals up by either the children, parents or designated proxies to take them back to their homes. 

Children, 18 and under, received a complete breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday; on Fridays children received additional meals for both Saturday and Sunday. Each meal met the federal nutrition standards, which includes two servings of fresh fruit and/or vegetables, two servings of whole grains, protein and milk. 

We thank the Cutler-Orosi Unified School District and the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission for preparing and delivering breakfast and lunch for up to 75 children daily.

Backpack Donations: Children from Arvin to Madera received new backpacks filled with school supplies to start the new school year.

Self-Help Enterprises partnered with Madera Star 399, Madera Star 212, and Clawson Motorsports who generously donated backpacks to over 100 children from kindergarten to sixth grade who reside at our Casas de la Vina apartment rental community in Madera and Villa del Rey apartment rental community in Del Rey.

About 20 members of the riding organizations arrived in motorcycles to deliver the backpacks and school supplies. Through our continuing partnership and commitment to education, more than 1,700 backpacks with school supplies have been donated to children of Self-Help Enterprises' communities in the last several years.
Self-Help Enterprises also partnered with Wells Fargo and Assemblymember Rudy Salas to donate backpacks to children who reside in three of our apartment rental communities. Through this partnership, 84 students from Solinas Village in McFarland, 71 students from Caliente Creek in Arvin, and 67 students from Lincoln Plaza in Hanford received new backpacks complete with a binder, pencils, pens, notebooks, scissors, and a calculator.

The backpack donations, combined with our after-school programs offered at the apartment rental communities, help prepare students to succeed and build the next generation of leaders.
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