February 2018

Members of the Women's Fund of Santa Barbara tour Peoples' Self-Help Housing's (PSHH) newest affordable housing development in Santa Barbara, Jardin de las Rosas (JDLR). The Women's Fund generously provided a $60,000 grant in support of educational programs at onsite learning centers at JDLR and Villa la Esperanza in Goleta.
John Fowler
All that we do at PSHH is only successful because of extraordinary partnerships. From the first days of seeking funding for a new project ( see Women's Fund above) to literally the last moments before families move in ( see Templeton Floor below), bringing affordable housing to those in most need is a community effort.

The definition of community for me extends well beyond our own county and state lines. Last week, staff and I visited a peer organization in Austin, TX to see how they have structured their efforts to best serve their programs and residents. Their circle of support is impressive and their strategies for resourcing resident services innovative. 

By learning from others, we bring best practices home to our own neighborhoods and through open-source solutions, we can fast track efforts that can immediately move our mission forward.  Sometimes, when I look at my calendar and see meeting after meeting, seemingly daunting, I realize each appointment yields a new opportunity and a new way of partnering. 

Upon my return from Austin, I was reminded that support  for PSHH comes from a variety of collaborators including  banking partners, private philanthropists, local foundations, and businesses large and small.  Each touchpoint is an opportunity to bring more housing to those who so desperately wait for a place to call home. I look forward to welcoming you to that Circle of Support.


John Fowler, CPA


Celebrating Creston Garden Apartments in Paso Robles
PSHH is excited to announce a February 28 grand opening celebration for its newly renovated Creston Garden Apartments in Paso Robles. 
This 15-townhouse development was in danger of conversion to market rate, to see how this has become our latest success story  read more  here.
College Club Students Tour UCLA
Through our College Club, 29 Central Coast students had the opportunity to tour UCLA to check out curriculum, facilities, life on campus and of course iconic campus hot spots such as the bronze bruin statue pictured at right.  

Enjoy more from this trip in our  Facebook slideshow .
Free Public Health Clinic Expands Hours, Services
A generous grant award from Dignity Health, is allowing the free public health clinic at  PSHH's  Canyon Creek Apartments in Paso Rob les to expand hours and services.

Read more on how this dynamic partnership led to a $80,000 grant!
Morro Bay Seniors Receive Free Broadband, Laptops
Seniors living at PSHH's properties in Morro Bay will soon be enjoying high speed internet and laptops thanks to a tech grant from the California Advanced Services Fund. 

Read more  to see how we're getting everyone connected!
Thank You to Our Supporters!
With the support of the whole community, PSHH is able to do more than just build affordable housing.  Together , we build families, careers and opportunity.
  • The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County recently granted a Klaproad Basic Needs grant to PSHH to help the formerly homeless find a place to call home.
  • Bank of the Sierra, through its Sierra Grant Program, is generously supporting our Youth Education Enhancement Program.
  • An Anonymous Donor gave a $20,000 gift for scholarships to college bound students.
You too can 'build more than housing',  make a generous gift today!
Partner Spotlight
TMHA Bowl A Thon Transitions Mental Health Association (TMHA) hosts numerous educational forums and events such as the annual Strike Out Stigma Bowl-a-Thon, a PSHH staff favorite that raises thousands of dollars to support the SLO Hotline. Read more about how TMHA is working to promote wellness and eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
Housing Hero Award
In the world of construction, plans don't always go as intended but thanks to the generosity of a PSHH partner, we avoided a recent material shortage at our Jardin de las Rosas (JDLR) development in Santa Barbara. Templeton Floor Company diverted materials from a non-PSHH project to JDLR so we could avoid a delay. Mike and Susie Torgerson (pictured left) are the faces of this family-owned business that has been offering quality flooring since 1979 and is a long-time supporter of PSHH.
Employee News & Updates
PSHH and The Duncan Group are committed to retaining and training our talented and valued employees. Here are some recent developments in our team:

Joe Thompson has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Peoples' Self-Help Housing. His expanded role will include managing IT, HR, and the Asset and Property Management departments.  Joe has been with the company for 4 years and is a recent graduate of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
We are one of the top non-profit employers in the region -  join our team!
Look here for exciting opportunities with PSHH.
Property Spotlights
Rental Development

Home Ownership
Rolling Hills
Celebrating 7 years
Located in Templeton, this 53-unit
multi-family development was
acquired by PSHH in 2010 and upgraded and beautified for residents.

El Camino Oaks
Celebrating 4 years
Located in Atascadero, this 24-home subdivision is very energy efficient with photovoltaic solar systems installed on
several of the homes.
In Other Housing News...
Report shows how California cities & counties stack up
Nearly all the cities and counties in California - 97.6 percent - are failing to approve the housing needed to keep pace with population growth. Read more 
Mayors, CEOs launch housing investment coalition
Nearly a dozen U.S. mayors joined private businesses in launching a coalition to advance public-private affordable housing and homelessness projectsRead more 

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