A note from our CEO, John Fowler
PSHH has had some exciting events happen during the last month. In preparation for our Jardin de las Rosas affordable housing complex in Santa Barbara nearing completion in the fall, we held a lottery drawing to determine the order in which qualified applicants will be processed for residency. It was an emotional day for those in the audience whose names were among the first called. We can't wait for families to start moving in.

On April 27 at our National Signing Day event at River View Townhomes in Guadalupe,  I was honored to meet some of the dedicated students who live at our affordable communities along the Central Coast or who participate in our College Club program. I am thrilled to see so many of our student residents committing to higher education and pursuing opportunities their parents may not have had.
John in Mexico
Giving back is so important! Last month I had the privilege to volunteer for Love SLO and travel to Mexico, where I helped build a home for a family in n eed. It was a humbling and remarkable experience to learn of the housing gap and solutions in another area of the  world. I'm always excited to meet new people here  on the Central Coast, nationwide and globally who are dedicated to helping people have a place to call home.

Coming Soon - Jardin de las Rosas
Group Shot
April 26 saw an exciting lottery at Santa Barbara City Hall to determine the order qualified applicants would be processed for residency at the 40 unit Jardin de las Rosas affordable housing complex, opening later this fall. 

More than 500 households submitted a pre-application for the beautiful new apartments; pictured here, the first family present to have their name pulled from the tombola!
NeighborWorks Week 2017 - South Bay, Los Osos
PSHH is a chartered member of NeighborWorks America , a national network of nonprofit affordable housing and community development organizations. Every June, during NeighborWorks Week, we host a service day to highlight our programs, raise community awareness, and to create positive change.

Our project this year is on Friday June 9 at South Bay Apartments in Los Osos.  Sign Up online to join in the fun during two shifts: 9am-12pm and/or 1pm-4pm.   Volunteers will receive lunch and a t-shirt, and get to meet South Bay residents and our dedicated staff. Dress for landscaping and weather changes; bring hat, gloves, and sunscreen. See you on June 9!
College Club Sees 23 College Bound
Students with Awards
Dedicated students from the PSHH College Club program came together on April 27 at River View Townhomes to celebrate their commitment to continuing on to higher education. 

Joined by their families and well-wishers, 23 students signed for various two and four year schools continuing the decade long tradition at PSHH of helping students apply for college and secure scholarships.

But it's not just our students of the College Club who are continuing their education. The College Club Coordinator herself, Lizbeth Hernandez, is heading off to Columbia University for her masters degree! 

A graduate of  Mount St. Mary's, Lizbeth received her academic start in PSHH's College Club as well. Congratulations to everyone and the best of luck in your studies!
Hunger Awareness Day: Volunteers Needed! 
PSHH has partnered with the Food Bank of San Luis Obispo County for a Hunger Awareness Day campaign in June. We will collect donations and distribute informational flyers on Friday, June 2 at Food 4 Less in Paso Robles and Vons in Grover Beach from 7am to 7pm. 

We are looking for energetic individuals and/or teams to sign up for 2-hour shifts at one of these locations. Apply online by May 31 and join us in June!

Volunteers will be trained on-site, receive a free t-shirt, and have an opportunity to learn more about both organizations!

Sign up to volunteer here.
Solarthon 2017
Solarthon Logo
This year, GRID Alternatives Central Coast will solarize houses in the newest Peoples' Self Help Housing home ownership development, Atascadero Triangle.  The goal of installation day is to serve 6 families, with panels providing 28kW of clean, renewable energy - offseting 536 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. On May 20, GRID Alternatives Central Coast will host a Solarthon, a solar installation block party and fundraiser, where volunteers come together to install solar panels for households in need. Learn more
Join the Herd  - Support PSHH!
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#67 Cowlifornia Republic
CowParade™  is an international 'moo-ving' art exhibit featured in Paris, Hong Kong, London and most recently San Luis Obispo!  More than 5,000 cows - no two alike - have gone on display since 1999, benefiting local nonprofits by raising more than $30 million world wide.

A big shout out of appreciation to Daylight Home, Lighting and Patio and RRM Design Group for choosing
 PSHH as a beneficiary.  So now we're 'moo-ved' to ask...who wants to buy a cow? Check out the entire herd here !  
Anniversaries and New Hires
Welcome, Nicole Mercier, new Director of Human Resources!

Nicole is a San Luis Obispo native and a graduate of Cal Poly.  She was the HR Manager/Director at Level Studios, where she oversaw an employee group of 250 people across several offices in California.  Nicole is super passionate about helping to create a work environment where people feel supported, motivated and excited to grow in their role and career.  When asked what excitd her about joining our team she said "I am especially excited to work with a team of people who have dedicated their careers and their time to making a difference in the lives of their fellow community members".

PSHH Staff Anniversary
Irma Velasco - 2 years

The Duncan Group Staff Anniversary
Deborah Foster - 5 years

Homeownership Development Anniversaries
30 years - Guadalupe III, Guadalupe, 8 units
25 years - Oak Valley, Santa Maria, 70 units
Employment Opportunities
Want to become a member of our dynamic and
Peoples' Self-Help Housing
energetic team to make a difference in your community?

Check out our employment opportunities!
Housing News from Around the Nation
Poverty, Politics, and Profit
PBS's Frontline recently ran a series about the low-income housing tax credit. A related article from NPR can be found here and a trailer for the series can be found here.

Chicago aldermen pledge to add affordable housing
A group of North and Northwest Side aldermen on Wednesday said they will seek to decrease housing segregation in Chicago by adding affordable housing units in their wards. They made the announcement at a  City Hall news conference in solidarity with 45th Ward...  Read more.
Honolulu Searches For A Way To Encourage Affordable Housing Near Rail Stops

San Francisco modernizes its affordable housing lottery process
While we may live in Dickensian times,  San Francisco has taken a small but important step toward humanizing the process by which qualifying individuals and families can apply to be considered for the city's  affordable housing lottery. Read more.

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Contact Information

San Luis Obispo Office 
3533 Empleo Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone (805) 781-3088
Fax (805) 544-1901

Santa Barbara Office
26 E. Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone (805) 962-5152
Fax (805) 962-8152