May 2018


Last month, Peoples' Self-Help Housing celebrated the grand opening of Jardin de las Rosas in Santa Barbara. This Platinum GreenPoint rated affordable housing development features the Michael Towbes Community Center and the Jeanette Duncan Learning Center.  See more photos and read more
President/CEO
John Fowler helping to build homes in Mexico
A normal week (if such a thing exists!) typically finds me negotiating for real estate or water rights, trying to prevent low income housing from converting to market rate, or crisscrossing the Nation.  Regardless of where I am or what I am doing, I am always emphasizing that our housing crisis should receive more attention than it is currently receiving.
 
The rapid growth of PSHH over the past year has not been growth for growth's sake, it has been in response to the critical housing problems facing every demographic in our community . Seniors are struggling alongside recent graduates; individuals from every sector of the workforce are struggling alongside hard-working families; and the sick, the disabled and the homeless are struggling the hardest. 
 
Every day I am honored to work with the best of the best, people who are committed and passionate. My team brings me solutions and strategies that are so innovative and creative they have never been tried by an affordable housing developer before. And yet, even with our financial and intellectual resources, it can be easy to get lost in the statistics and the magnitude of the need.  We have over 9,000 people on our waiting lists, and every one of them should be housed immediately.        
 
I recently returned from El Corazon in Mexico where I spent the weekend working on just one house, for one family. It was the perfect way to remind myself that the reason for every meeting, every mile on the road, the purpose of every land deal is to house someone on that 9,000-person waiting list. We believe that for every problem there is a solution, and at PSHH we will continue to try and find those solutions.   

John Fowler, CPA
President/CEO
Over 400 Pre-Applications Received for Housing Lottery
Over 400 pre-applications were included the lottery held April 19 for PSHH's newest affordable rental housing in Templeton: Rolling Hills II. The 30-unit addition to the existing Rolling Hills Apartments is scheduled for completion this summer and will include laundry facilities, a barbecue area and tot lot. Read more
Support Your Community - Spring Appeal 2018

"A wonderful program. We need you!! Doing a great job! Keep on building
- you are helping a lot of families, especially children!"
 
- R&O, Spring Appeal 2018 Supporters
We're Looking for Great People - Join Our Team!
PSHH and The Duncan Group are committed to retaining and training our talented and valued employees and are one of the top-rated non-profit employers in the region - join our team! Current openings include:
  • Maintenance Technician
Visit pshhc.org for details on open positions.
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Pacific View Apartments
Celebrating 27 years
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Oceano Lots
Celebrating 4 years
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In Other Housing News...
Central Coast
Santa Barbara Feeling the Squeeze from Affordable Housing Challenges, Mandates
California's mandates regarding affordable housing seem to have backed Santa Barbara officials into a corner and no one is quite sure how the city will find its way out. Read more 


California
California Becomes First State to Order Solar on New Homes
California just sent the clearest signal yet that rooftop power is moving beyond a niche market and becoming the norm. Read more 

National
Building the evidence on access to opportunity-rich neighborhoods
Living in opportunity-rich communities enables low-income people to improve their economic outlook. Housing vouchers are the most prevalent tools to enable residents. Read more 

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