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January, 2015 - In This Issue

Self-Help Enterprises assisted the City of Farmersville in securing $1,000,000 in grants from USDA Rural Development and the State Water Resources Control Board in order to extend water services to the community of Cameron Creek Colony where some people are currently living in homes without running water. Construction has started and it's estimated that in the next two months, the extension to Farmersville's water distribution system through Cameron Creek Colony will be finalized.


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 Community Development Specialist responsible for assisting rural low-income communities in obtaining safe drinking water and sanitary sewer disposal facilities; and an Accounting Technician responsible for payroll and benefits administration, processing, coding and posting data, and preparing and filing reports. Learn more here.  

Smart, sustainable homeownership, first starts with education. Take our HUD-approved homebuyer education course, available online in English and Spanish, for an in-depth look at the homebuying process. 

The course teaches prospective homebuyers about:
  • Shopping for a lender & realtor
  • Money/credit management
  • Shopping for a home
  • Financial fitness
  • Types of loans
  • Qualifying for a mortgage
  • Home maintenance & repair
  • Protecting your investment
  • Foreclosure prevention
You'll also receive one-on-one counseling services that assist with:
  • Credit/repair disputes
  • Budgeting
  • Assessing mortgage readiness
  • Developing a tailored plan to own a home
  • Referrals for other services
Upon completion of the course and counseling session, you will earn a certificate of completion that could qualify you for valuable first-time homebuyer programs like down payment and closing cost assistance. Sign up here for the online course.
Self-Help Enterprises is among 45 national organizations selected to receive a grant from the 2014 Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation Grant. The $25,000 grant will be utilized to provide assistance to San Joaquin Valley residents impacted by the drought.

The Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation grant program, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation, began in 2012 as part of Wells Fargo's commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits, colleges and universities by 2020.
Self-Help Enterprises, in partnership with the cities/counties listed below, is offering housing rehabilitation assistance for qualified homeowners to help make necessary health and safety repairs. Typical repairs include roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling, foundation, windows and handicap modifications. For more information about our rehabilitation program, please call (559) 802-1621.

View this video to learn how Self-Help Enterprises' rehabilitation program preserves and improves the existing housing stock through emergency repair and bringing substandard, deteriorating housing into compliance with building codes and standards.
Self-Help Enterprises joined the Earlimart Rotary Club on January 14 to celebrate the re-opening of Earlimart's only park. The park, a community service project of the Earlimart Rotary Club, features new slides, swings, barbecue grills, and picnic tables.

These new features will be enjoyed by the community, including residents of Self-Help Enterprises' Washington Plaza apartment rental community and families who have built their own homes through the new homes program. Self-Help Enterprises made a contribution to the Earlimart Rotary Club in support of our shared mission to build healthy communities.
Top: Pictured left to right - Jason Beach, President of the Earlimart Rotary Club, and Patrick Isherwood, Manager of Rental Housing Assets at Self-Help Enterprises.

Bottom: The Earlimart Rotary Park's new playground.

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