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A note from our CEO, John Fowler
Increasing the supply of housing is one important, common sense, bipartisan solution to the housing crises. However, simply building more homes does not guarantee relief for everyone, as increases in supply often elude the low-income households that suffer most from the housing market.

With waning support at the federal and state level, as well as the private sector, we must look to our local governments for solutions. Stakeholders need to come together - home builder associations, policymakers and low-income advocates alike - to develop a broad-based, comprehensive solution to the housing crises that will benefit all members of our community.
If you'd like to read more and join the conversation on how we can increase the housing supply together, please see my recent op-ed in the SLO Tribune " We know housing is a problem. So what do we do?
Rehabilitation at Valentine Court
On June 12, Peoples' Self-Help Housing began rehabilitation on, the 35-unit senior affordable apartment complex, Valentine Court, in Santa Maria. Upgrades include energy efficiencies, new paint, appliances, roofing and an expansion of the much-used community building. 

"We constantly strive to provide the highest quality environment for seniors who reside in our housing communities," said PSHH President and CEO, John Fowler. "The face-lift and upgrades to the entire site will ensure current and future residents feel proud to call Valentine Court their home."
NeighborWorks Week 2017 - South Bay, Los Osos
On June 9, in recognition of NeighborWorks Week, PSHH hosted a community servic e  day to highlight our programs, raise awareness, and to create positive change. This years  project took place at South Bay Apartments in Los Osos.

A day filled with residents, volunteers, Board and staff pulling weeds, planting native perennials and spreading mulch, left everyone exhausted but very satisfied with the beautiful result!  
PSHH Helps Fill Bags for Foodbank  
June 2 saw  PSHH partnering with the Food Bank of San Luis Obispo County for a Hunger Awareness Day street campaign at Food 4 Less in Paso Robles and Vons in Grover Beach. At 28 donation sites across the county, a total of $65,000 was raised that day for the thousands of clients who rely on the much-needed services provided by SLO Food Bank!

Pictured: (above) a returning PSHH volunteer steps up as the site coordinator in Paso Robles, and (right) a wonderful group of Cal Poly students, as well as our own Lorena Guevara from the Educational Program, came out to help in Grover Beach!

Sunpower at Solarthon!

On May 20, the nonprofit organization  GRID Alternatives  led 60 volunteers, job trainees, community leaders and residents to install no-cost rooftop solar systems for six homes in the PSHH  Atascadero Triangle neighborhood during the  2017 Solarthon  solar installation block party. According to the organization, the systems will save low-income families more than $225,000 in electricity bills over the systems' lifetimes and prevent 520 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Give Now and Support a Summer of Fun
Summer is fun all day long with the PSHH Education Program!

Because of generous support, our kids  will be heading to the beach, to the park, and to the brand new MOXI museum in Santa Barbara.

But whether noodling with the latest interactive exhibits,  riding a boogie board or just swinging as high as they can into a clear blue sky, you won't stop those active minds from learning at the same time!

So Give Now and support a Summer of Fun! 
2017 Women of Distinction Award Winners
Congratulations to PSHH Board Member Shelly Higginbotham for the well deserved recognition! The 2017 Women of Distinction Award ceremony, held on March 23 at Cuesta College, drew more than 150 attendees and was sponsored by The Community Foundation's Women's Legacy Fund and Cuesta College. 2017 award recipients were:
Women of Distinction Award Winners_
Pictured from left to right: Mila LaBarre-Vujovich (Susan Dressler Education Leadership Aw ard), Roxanne Carr (Grace N. Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award), Nancy Walker (Community and Public Service Award, Professional), Shelly Higginbotham (Community and Public Service Award, Volunteer). Not pictured: Janna Nichols (Progress for Women).
A Huge THANK YOU to some of our recent Funders!
(60K for Learning Centers)

(10k for Core Support)
(10K for Learning Centers)
Anniversaries and New Hires

Welcome, Todd Broussard, our new Director of Construction!

Todd comes to us with years of construction/development management experience through employment with jurisdictions such as the City of Guadalupe, as a consultant for state agencies and through his own construction company.  He joined us with a strong desire to put his talents to use in the non-profit sector.

Welcome, Cyndy Magliari, new Assistant Controller of the fiscal department!

Cindy has lived and worked in the San Luis Obispo area for more than 30 years and comes to PSHH with more than 20 years of experience in the local community banking industry, as an Assistant Controller, Controller, and CFO. 

PSHH Staff Anniversary

Tito Ponce - 1 year
Dyra Oreizi - 1 year
Christine Barker - 1 year
Grady Williams - 1 year
Oscar Ramos - 1 year
Michael Hopkins - 1 year
William Andrews - 1 year
Josie Hunt - 2 years
Fiona Phillips - 2 years
Alicia Bramble - 3 years
Anna Vela-Villicana - 3 years
William Loar - 6 years
Annette Montoya - 21 years
The Duncan Group Staff Anniversary

Henry Mercado - 1 year
Adrion Juarez - 4 years
Rigoberto Serna - 4 years
Veronica Nunez - 11 years
Elizabeth Smith - 11 years

Homeownership Development Anniversaries

40 years - Montecito Verde I, Nipomo, 49 units
Employment Opportunities
Peoples' Self-Help Housing

Want to join our energetic and dynamic team? Check out our employment opportunities and make a difference in the lives of thousands of our residents !
Housing News from Around the Nation
HUD Secretary Ben Carson hits social media to talk budget cuts

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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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