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July, 2016 - In This Issue
Twenty-nine future homeowners recently attended our Homeownership Education class, which prepares individuals for the homebuying process. The participants learned how to work with real estate agents, how to finance a home, and how to maintain a home over time.
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 Drought Project Tech responsible for conducting water sampling of temporary water tank systems and facilitating implementation of drought relief efforts, an Office Tech (front office/clerical) responsible for general office and clerical duties, and a Homeownership Counselor responsible for working with families to prepare them for homeownership.

Two new structures will provide much needed shade for two playgrounds at Avenal Rice Park. Through a partnership between the City of Avenal and Self-Help Enterprises, the organization secured a $25,000 Wonderful Community Grant for the shade structures.

These park improvements will increase citizen participation at community events and will create a safe and healthy place for children and families to play and exercise, especially during the hottest months when playground equipment may have been too hot for use previously.

Rice Park is also the city's most used park by children and families, and is the city's primary location for community gatherings such as the Kids Day Superhero Carnival, Easter Extravaganza, and Day of the Family.

The City of Avenal has been an important partner of Self-Help Enterprises for many years. In addition to park improvements, the partnership has resulted in increased affordable housing through the organization's Homebuyer and Housing Rehabilitation programs as well the Mutual Self-Help Housing program.
Through a partnership with the City of Visalia, Self-Help Enterprises celebrated the completed rehabilitation of the Strawberry Street Apartments located in the economically disadvantaged Visalia neighborhood known as North Visalia/Oval. Visalia Mayor Steve Nelsen, as well staff from Family Services of Tulare County, CSET, and Union Bank joined for the open house celebration.
This is Self-Help Enterprises' first project that includes special needs housing for formerly homeless individuals and families. The five units are expected to provide housing to 13 people this year and will serve as a catalyst for both neighborhood improvements and future supportive housing partnerships.

The Strawberry Street rehabilitation project brings five apartment units up to current building code to address health and safety concerns. The apartments have also been improved for energy efficiency and ADA compliance.

The City of Visalia established the North Visalia Neighborhood Advisory Committee to work on stabilization and improving the neighborhood. Various community revitalization efforts have been implemented, and the rehabilitation of the Strawberry Street Apartments is the newest asset in that effort while providing affordable housing opportunities. 
This project is a great example of bringing together community partnerships to stabilize and improve challenged communities.
In an effort to support and encourage household water conservation by its customers, Self-Help Enterprises worked with the Alpaugh Community Services District to provide each of the over 400 domestic water customers with a useful toolkit for reducing water use.
The community came together to assemble the kits, which offer both indoor and outdoor water conservation strategies. Components like shower timers and low-flow showerheads reduce indoor consumption while sprinkler timers and water efficient hose nozzles are included to reduce outdoor consumption.The toolkit is accompanied by educational information that explains how to maximize the benefit of each component, and all materials are provided in English and Spanish.
This water conservation project was made possible through a $35,000 Water & Energy grant from the Department of Water Resources.
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