June 2019


Congratulations to  scholarship award winner Marlon Gomez-Rubalcava,
seen here  at  College Signing Day in Guadalupe  with Supervisor Hartmann,
  Santa Barbara  County 3rd District,   & PSHH President /CEO  John Fowler

With summer officially here and the slower pace and longer evenings giving us a little more time to pause and think, I'd like to invite you to join me in that wonderful tradition - the summer book club!
Our challenges in the affordable housing space are broad and the confines of these monthly columns never allow for a full expression of the financial, ethical and philosophical nuances that are embedded in the issues.
So I've chosen three books that I'd like to share with you over the course of the next few months, the first of which is the Pulitzer-Prize winning 'Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City' by Matthew Desmond. I'll warn you up front that this is not an easy read as it follows eight families in their struggle to keep a roof over their heads.  It swirls uncomfortably in economic exploitation, pokes sharply at our complacency, but ultimately it does offer pragmatic solutions for the crisis of our century.

Without a stable home, very little is possible.  What is possible though is that more of us can equip ourselves with the arguments for why we must more equitable share our housing resources. I hope you'll accept my invitation; I look forward to reading your observations and responses. 
John Fowler, CPA
To share your reactions  to  Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City with John, please email him here

Building More Than Housing!
At Peoples' Self-Help Housing, we build so much more than housing for residents of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties - but we can't do it alone! You help us strengthen neighborhoods and create life-changing opportunities for members of your community by giving today

PSHH Kids Celebrate National Housing Week
From June 1 - 8, organizations across the country participated in National NeighborWorks Week - an opportunity to  showcase how the NeighborWorks network strengthens communities and celebrates our collective impact as a network.
As a proud member of the NeighborWorks network, we were thrilled to participate in this week. In recognition, PSHH staff, residents, and volunteers participated in a garden workday at our Mariposa Townhomes property in Orcutt.

Music Foundations Hit the High Notes
Music education has numerous benefits in early childhood development,  from boosting language acquisition to improving math skills. 

This month, PSHH  received generous funding from the Nora Roberts Founda tion in support of music education for students at our Los Adobes de Maria properties in
 Santa Maria.  This funding will allow for 54 drum and ukulele students to own their own instruments as they pursue their musical talents in music class!

PSHH Partners with Picnic in the Park
The Food Bank of Santa Barbara County's Picnic in the Park program returns this summer with distribution sites countywide, including at 5 Peoples' Self-Help Housing properties. The program ensures that schoolchildren from low-income families - many of whom rely on school lunches as a source of daily nutrition - have access to healthy, balanced meals even when class isn't in session. 


Resident Success Stories
This month our residents have achieved some incredible achievements and milestones! 

First, Erika, one of our hardworking resident leaders at
 Los Adobes de Maria in Santa Maria, passed her citizenship test, successfully becoming a US citizen! 

Additionally, residents at PSHH's Casas de los Carneros property in Goleta received certificates after completing a nine-week program on healthy relationships and interpersonal communication!

We're  Hiring  - Come Join Our Team!
We are always searching for passionate individuals to join our team - like Lauren, one of our hard-working Project Managers!

With openings in affordable housing development, maintenance, property management, accounting, and education, check out  our job postings   and find your next great opportunity!
Property Spotlights
PSHH Neighborhoods

Home Ownership Stories

Dahlia Court II
Celebrating  6 years
Completed in 2013, Dahlia Court II in Carpinteria houses low-income families, individuals, and farmworkers. This 33-unit property features onsite laundry facilities, a multi-use community room, playground, and youth learning center.

River View Estates
Celebrating 16 years
Built in 2003, this Guadalupe self-help subdivision of 50 single-family homes houses features new construction and beautifully manicured landscaping, offering a safe, welcoming environment for farmworkers to care for their families. 
PSHH in the Headlines ...

Assembly Bill 1482 would prohibit landlords from raising rent more than 7% in the course of a year. As the bill moves to the Senate, many are wondering what the local ramifications will be.

School may be out, but lunch is in at Picnic in Park program for kids
Provided in collaboration with the Food Bank in Santa Barbara County, free lunches will be provided in 17 locations countywide while schools are closed for the summer.


Cambria affordable housing project faces more appeals - this time to Coastal Commission
Project would provide nearly three dozen affordable-housing apartments on Schoolhouse Lane in Cambria, however, three recent appeals have been filed with the California Coastal Commission.

...and in other Housing News

Central Coast
Cities have been given housing targets and must adopt elaborate plans to show they can meet their goals, including over 40% of the units available for low-income and very-low income families. 

A California bill to expand eviction protections sputters on the Assembly floor
Assembly Bill 1481 consisted of a proposal to protect rent-paying, lease-abiding tenants from eviction, however it didn't receive the 41 votes it needed to pass. 


Housing costs exacerbate income inequality
A recent report has explored the impact of housing costs on income equality, with data showing how incomes are growing fastest for the most wealthy individuals and housing costs are growing fastest for low-income families. 

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