History and Facts

Peoples' Self-Help Housing is a national award-winning nonprofit organization that creates affordable housing and self-sufficiency programs on California's Central Coast -- San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

In 1970 in San Luis Obispo, California, a small group including Jeanette Duncan, former Executive Director, and local community leaders were concerned about the lack of affordable housing available to low-income and special needs households. The group learned of a federally sponsored program available to nonprofit sponsors to finance the construction of owner built, low-income housing.

  • Founded in 1970 
  • Operates 48 affordable housing complexes in over 25 communities of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties
  • Has helped nearly 1,200 first time home buyers build and purchase their first home
  • Has developed or renovated nearly 1,800 units of residential housing 
  • Housing dedicated for the disabled, seniors, veterans and other special needs
  • Provides affordable rental housing for over 5,000 low-income adults and children.
  • Charter Member of NeighborWorks America, a national network of community development organizations
  • Provides technical assistance to numerous jurisdictions
  • 180 staff with a variety of skills and a deep commitment to mission and serving our community