November 2018

Guadalupe Makers Market
The first-ever Guadalupe Makers Market held October 20 was quite the success. Presented by  Peoples' Self-Help Housing  (PSHH), this new, one-day shopping event supported budding entrepreneurs with an unique hands-on experience in hopes they'll start their own small business. See more photos on PSHH's Facebook.
John Fowler

Even with nearly 200 members of staff, I still try to get to know a little bit about everyone who works at PSHH.  And something I often poignantly discover, is how many have personally known housing insecurity at some time in their lives. 

Whether that period of homelessness was because of a lost job, a broken relationship or an unhealthy dependency, something else I discover, is that although the experience might have left a scar, it also left behind an invaluable empathy.

We often utter, "but for the grace of God" when we hear of another's distress,  but for those who understand what it's like to live in a car, who know the embarrassment of being unable to shower and who recognize the toll taken on a family in long term transition, perhaps grace gets differently dispensed?

This Thanksgiving I am grateful for each and every one of my staff who have known the hardship, the indignity and the crush of homelessness.  I am grateful for the compassion and affinity they bring to work each day, grateful for their wisdom and insight and grateful for their service to those who are still finding their way home.      

John Fowler, CPA
Welcoming Rob Pearson
The former Executive Director/CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB), has been appointed to PSHH's  board of directors. "We are excited for the professional insight and wealth of knowledge Rob brings to our organization," PSHH President/CEO John Fowler said.    Read more
Planning for How to House California
PSHH President/CEO John Fowler participated in invigorating discussions and brainstorming sessions with leaders and other nonprofit members of the affordable housing industry at this year's CCRH Rural Housing Summit held in Asilomar. John met with many important decision makers including Director of CA Department of Housing and Community Development Ben Metcalf pictured to the left. 
Celebrating Villa la Esperanza in Old Town Goleta
PSHH is excited to announce the completion of the major rehabilitation of Villa la Esperanza, affordable rental housing in Old Town Goleta. PSHH invites development and funding partners plus the community to join us at a celebration on December 11. Read more
$1.06 Million to Aid Homeless Veterans
Veteran PSHH was recently chosen to receive an award of over $1.06 million from the $72.9 million State of California's Veterans Housing & Homelessness Prevention Program. The awarding of this extremely competitive funding is a first for PSHH and it will help provide safe and stable homes for veterans in San Luis Obispo County at the new Templeton Place II development. Read More
Rolling Hills II in Templeton to Open Soon
PSHH will celebrate the completion of Rolling Hills II, affordable rental housing for San Luis Obispo County, on December 19. PSHH invites funding and development partners plus members of the community to join the celebration. Read more 
We've Made Platinum Again!
PSHH has earned a Platinum Seal of Transparency... again! The rating is from GuideStar, an online database of nonprofits throughout the nation that provides essential data for funders and donors. To earn a Platinum Seal, an organization must provide certain data and information from staff and board of director list to financials and strategic plans spanning at least three years. See PSHH's statistics
Give to PSHH While You Shop!
Before you click "Buy Now" on your next Amazon purchase, make sure it does a little extra by selecting "Peoples' Self-Help Housing Corporation" as your benefactor in AmazonSmile. Through this year-round program, 0.5% of the  price of your eligible purchases benefit PSHH at no cost to you or PSHH! Use your log-in information at and shop away! It's as simply as that!
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Celebrating 18 years
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Celebrating 19 years
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PSHH in the News ...
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Fast Facts: Seniors Get Connected
Senior citizens graduate from 
PSHH's Google Chromebook 101, earning a certificate and their very own laptop. The new, free program was offered to low-income seniors living at PSHH Morro Bay properties.  
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Helping develop affordable housing in high demand in Central California
PSHH  first reached out to us after putting an offer on Guadalupe Court Family Apartments in Guadalupe, CA, a property that we already underwrote and helped another NeighborWorks Organization acquire. Read more

Housing needs discussed at community event
In celebration of Housing America Month, more than a dozen local organizations on Saturday set up shop in De la Guerra Plaza for the first-ever Housing Santa Barbara Day. Read more
...and in other Housing News
Central Coast
SLO County's economy will keep growing, but experts say trouble may be on the horizon
The SLO County economy is expected to continue to grow, but at a slower pace, with relative high cost of housing and lower wages presenting major challenges, according to the  2018-2019 Central Coast Economic Forecast .  Read more 

Million-dollar homes: The number surges as home prices rise. Many are in California
The number of U.S. homes valued at $1 million or more increased by 400,702 this year, the largest annual rise since the housing price recovery began in 2012.  Read more 

America's Richest and Poorest States
Ranking is based on variety of factors including median household income, population, unemployment rate and poverty rate. See if California made the Top 10. Read more 

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