On June 8, Self-Help Enterprises, in partnership with the National Rural Self-Help Housing Association and the USDA Rural Development, held a homeownership event to celebrate the 50th year and the building of the 50,000th home in America since the inception of the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program.
The event, held in conjunction with NeighborWorks Week and National Homeownership Month, took place in Arvin, CA where 20 families are currently building their new, safe, affordable homes. We were honored to have in attendance Congressman David Valadao, USDA Rural Housing Services Administrator Tony Hernandez, NeighborWorks America Senior Vice President of Field Operations Tom Chabolla, Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez, and Alex Garcia, Field Representative for the Office of Assemblymember Rudy Salas. The families currently building their homes also joined in the celebration, and together with our guests, they raised a wall of a home to symbolize the partnerships with all the organizations that make the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program possible.
Since 1965, when Self-Help Enterprises pioneered the mutual self-help housing program, we have helped more than 6,100 families in the San Joaquin Valley build their own homes and achieve the dream of becoming homeowners.
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