May 2019

This May, PSHH is celebrating College Signing Day in honor of our 
College Club students continuing their academic journey through higher education. 
From UCs to Ivy Leagues, we are so proud of these college-bound students!

A nyone in this business knows that building housing isn't easy. Every day it's a scramble for  land, a struggle for permits and a  never-ending  cajoling, coaxing and convincing of funding partners, government officials, and construction crews. 

And at the end of any given work day, projects can seem stalled, waiting lists for housing appear none the shorter,  and you feel you haven't moved the needle at all. But   then you have that moment...

Mine  came earlier this month. After spending a frustrating day kicking the dirt on parcels too expensive to buy, discussing water too scarce to drill for, and sitting in meetings that were going nowhere, I had sped to one of our College Signing Day celebrations with my trademark "one minute to spare". From the back of the room, as I flattened down my hair, gathered my thoughts and checked that I had my speech in my inside pocket, that one minute gave me all the time I needed to see things the way they really were.

The Learning Center was filled with beaming students, proud parents were shyly meeting other proud parents and the room was festooned with banners from great schools eager to accept our students. And as the ceremony began, and I heard stories from scholarship winner after scholarship winner, all beginning in extreme economic hardship and ending in academic triumph , I knew we were moving the needle, and we were moving it together.

John Fowler, CPA

May is Matching Gifts Month!
It's estimated that over 18 million people work for companies
 with matching gift programs. 

With a matching donation, you can  double your impact and help: 

2 students go to college

2 seniors get dental care

2 veterans receive move-in kits


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CPUC Brings Reliable Internet Access to PSHH Residents
Reliable access to the internet is a critical resource for our residents, providing the opportunity to  stay in touch with loved ones, maintain meaningful employment, fill prescriptions, and so much more! 
Two years ago, $918,000 was awarded from the California Public Utilities  Commission (CPUC) to install broadband across all our properties, improving the quality of life for so many of our residents. 

This week, Anil Balivada of CPUC (pictured right with PSHH IT Manager Davis Foley and James Goad of Innovative IT) visited the Central Coast to tour our properties and see first-hand the impact of this incredible funding. 

Resident Success Story
The Resident Assistance Fund recently came to the rescue at a critical time of need for a senior living at Creekside Gardens in Paso Robles. 

Cindy had health issues requiring a procedure and a two-night stay at a specialty hospital in Southern California. 
Being retired and living on a tight fixed income, she had no way of paying for the gas and the accommodation. 

Thankfully, generous donations to the Resident Assistance Fund helped make this crucial trip possible. You can help  others like Cindy in their time of need with a special gift .

$20,000 Grant Awarded to CELEBRE Program
This month, Peoples' Self-Help Housing received a very generous $20,000 from The Community Foundation's Women's Legacy Fund in support of our CELEBRE program.

The College Enrollment for Latinas Entering Bright Rewarding Educations (CELEBRE) is a recent extension of PSHH's existing College Club, a site-based educational program that staffs full-time advisors who work with students to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to attend a higher education institution.  

This visionary funding will support the continuation and expansion of the CELEBRE program, allowing PSHH to delve deeper in efforts to empower and overcome barriers for low-income Latinas pursuing higher education. Many thanks to all at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County for providing this significant support to our Education Programs.

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

With openings in accounting and multi-housing development, check out   and find your next great opportunity!

Property Spotlights
PSHH Neighborhoods

Home Ownership Stories

Cawelti Court
Celebrating  23 years
Completed in 1996, Cawelti Court in Arroyo Grande is in a beautiful location surrounded by shady oaks and provides 28 units for seniors and those living with disabilities.

Oak Valley
Celebrating 27 years
Built in 1992, this Santa Maria self-help subdivision was awarded the  League of California Cities' Helen Putnam Award for innovation and achievement in affordable housing development. 

PSHH in the News ...

As California's homeless population has grown, it has become an increasing concern in local communities. Listen to John Fowler, President/CEO on Central Coast Voices as he discusses new, local funding and efforts to address this critical need. Listen to the story.

'This is vitally needed': Appeal of Cambria affordable housing project rejected
The Cambria Pines Apartments will include nearly three dozen apartments to meet the growing need for housing in Cambria. This month, the County Board of Supervisors upheld the planning commission's approval to move the project forward. Read more. 

Bellas Artes keeps folkloric dance tradition alive
Dancers from Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles and Bellas Artes of Carpinteria gathered for a community lesson and performance. This cultural and arts educational outreach program was a collaboration with the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center. 

...and in other Housing News
Central Coast
Santa Barbara city leaders are engaging residents for feedback in anticipation of many upcoming housing projects. Topics included parking, revised land-use designations, and development incentives. Read more.

California Has a Housing Crisis. The Answer Is More Housing.
A bill clearing the way for more urban development in the state would help address affordable housing and climate change.  Read more.

Study Finds That Up to 60% of our Health is Determined by Zip Code
Many states are creating pilot programs for tiny home communities. Complete with policies and financial incentives, many believe these homes will provide new opportunities to support the growing need for permanent, supportive housing. Read more.

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