As the effects of COVID-19 continue to emerge, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) has enhanced its resident services. With a portfolio of some 52 properties, PSHH supports more than 5,000 residents daily.

“Our services are vital, especially during this unprecedented time” said John Fowler, PSHH president/CEO. “We are committed to continuing our work, while taking measures to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees.”

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s Education Program has shifted to an online, distance-learning model, which allows students of all ages the opportunity to continue receiving after-school and college-prep programming.

In addition, staff are delivering some 400 meals daily to residents in-need throughout the Central Coast. Social workers are making daily wellness calls to residents and working with partnering organizations for supplemental programs and services.

PSHH construction also continues to move forward, with everyone on-site maintaining safe social distancing. Mission Gardens, a self-help home project in San Miguel, is nearing completion, with hopes of providing keys to homeowners as soon as possible.

Construction at Sierra Madre Cottages in Santa Maria and Guadalupe Court in Guadalupe is in progress, with hopes of grand openings later this year.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s Resident Assistance Fund is able to provide direct financial support to residents for critical medical, food, and utility emergencies. A gift to this fund allows donors, in the most flexible and effective way, to support residents who find themselves in urgent need.

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Founded in 1970, PSHH is the longest-serving nonprofit affordable housing organization on the Central Coast. With a mission of building homes and providing services to strengthen communities and change lives, PSHH serves low-income working households, seniors, veterans, those living with disabilities and the formerly homeless.

PSHH also provides homeownership opportunities through a self-help, sweat equity program that has seen more than 1,200 homes successfully completed. PSHH has a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, manages nearly 2,000 rental units, and employs more than 200 staff members.

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