SHE Receives Over $800,000 for New Emergency Preparedness Services
SHE received $828,523 from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to provide emergency preparedness training to Tulare County communities. These funds were a result of Governor Newsom’s Assembly Bill 72 that appropriated $50 million to fund the California for All Emergency Preparedness Campaign to bolster statewide disaster resilience.

“In just the past 5 years, we have experienced so much devastation from natural disasters,” said Tami McVay, the Emergency Services Manager for Self-Help Enterprises. “The families affected the most are those living in rural areas where resources are few and hard to come by. This campaign was created with these vulnerable communities in mind.”

The campaign, which is a joint effort between California Volunteers and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, engages local communities on emergency preparedness to support California’s diverse and vulnerable populations. READ MORE .
SHE and USDA Celebrate Homeownership Month in Parksdale as Families Move Into New Homes
“Un nuevo comienzo, a new beginning,” Evelyn Ramos responded when asked what her new home represented for her. “If you qualify, you should go through the program! It was a nice experience and a true blessing for us.” Previously living in Madera, the Ramos Family is eager to finally move into their new home located only a few miles away from their old apartment.

On June 21, 2019, Self-Help Enterprises and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development gathered to celebrate  National Homeownership Month  and honor 10 families who have completed building each other’s homes.The homes were all built under  SHE’s Mutual Self-Help Housing program  where a group of eight to twelve families work together help each other build their houses with skilled onsite supervision and guidance of Self-Help Enterprises construction staff. READ MORE.
SHE Awarded Over $55 Million in Low Income Tax Credits and other Funding
SHE has had a pretty good month of June so far. On June 12th SHE received competitive awards of low income housing tax credits for 202 affordable rental units (178 new construction and 24 units of preservation.) The combined tax credit allocation to SHE is $49,286,450 and includes the following projects: Stonegate Village (Patterson), Nupchi Xo’oy (Porterville) and Mariposa Oaks.

A week later, SHE received news that two projects were awarded $5,760,925 in competitive No Place Like Home funding for: Mariposa Village and Madera Village. The funds will help create permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless residents with mental health challenges.
The Loss of a Friend
Self-Help Enterprises lost a great friend and supporter with the passing of Dick Dooley.

Dick, in partnership with his wife and former board member Doris “Do” Dooley, was instrumental in building the Do Dooley Scholarship Fund into a viable annual grant provider to young members of SHE households who are furthering their educations. Our thoughts are with his family. CLICK HERE to view obituary.
Upcoming Community Development Events
You are invited to a Roundtable on Protecting Drinking Water in Groundwater Markets to discuss important issues that can affect the water you use at home. The event, co-hosted by Self-Help Enterprises, will take place on Tuesday, July 2 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Café 210, 210 W. Center Ave., Visalia, CA 93291.
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is a new law that will change the way we use and manage groundwater. New local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) have been formed and they are currently making important decisions about how groundwater will be managed and used for years to come. One way that GSAs are considering controlling how much groundwater is used is through “groundwater markets”, which would limit the amount of groundwater that each groundwater user can pump and would allow individuals to buy and sell their allotment of groundwater. At this Roundtable, you can learn more about what groundwater markets are and how they could impact drinking water supplies for disadvantaged communities. Organizations will present a new Community Guide to Groundwater Markets, host a short panel discussion, and facilitate a practice of groundwater market scenarios.
CLICK HERE to RSVP. Dinner and Spanish translation will be provided. 
Upcoming Gateway Workshops
S PANISH WORKSHOP: Manejo Financiero: Mi Dinero, Mi Credito - Clase de 3 Partes
Date: July 10, 2019
Time: 5:00-9:00pm
Cost: $30 for individual or married couple
Location: Casitas del Sol Apartments 1001 B St. Livingston, CA 95334
MUST CALL (559) 651-1000 to reserve your seat.

ENGLISH WORKSHOP: Preparing for Homeownership
Date: July 13, 2019
Time: 9:00-5:00pm
Cost: $125 for individual or $175 married couple
Location: Self-Help Enterprises, 8445 Elowin Court, Visalia, CA 93291
MUST CALL (559) 651-1000 to reserve your seat.