2012

June 2012

Media Contact: Jeanette Duncan (805) 540-2454
or Rochelle Rose, PSHH Development Director, (805) 962-5152 x227
June, 2012

$1 million to be Pumped into Local Economy
Renovation Slated by Peoples' Self-Help Housing in Carpinteria

Peoples' Self-Help Housing has announced that the nonprofit organization has secured over $1,000,000 in funding to renovate Chapel Court Apartments in Carpinteria, a 28-unit farm worker housing project constructed nearly 40 years ago.

$526,500 has been received from Joe Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program administered by the Housing and Community Development Division, State of California and a matching grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for $526,500 for a total of $1,053,000.

Construction will begin in October 2012 and will be completed in approximately six months, according to John Kukulka, Peoples' Director of Rental Property Development.

The much-needed renovation was kick-started on June 1 and 2 with a Community Fence Painting Event in celebration of national NeighborWorks Week, June 2-9. Over 40 volunteers painted thousands of feet of wooden fencing on the property in anticipation of the renovation project.

Phase 1 of the project will include new roofing, upgraded exterior trim, full gutters, new double pane windows, new front and rear doors, new exterior utility doors, new fire rated party walls in attic space between apartments, fire sprinkler system for each apartment, and new exterior lights.

Peoples' will also install new hot water heaters, appliances, kitchens, and renovated bathrooms in Phase 2. All interior and exterior surfaces will be painted.

Founded in 1970, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing has developed 1,150 self-help home ownership residences and over 1,350 affordable rental units in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. For 41 years, the non-profit organization has not only developed affordable housing in over 30 cities and communities but has also provided community facilities, supportive housing programs, financial education, and youth after-school education--programs that foster greater self-sufficiency for low-income households, seniors, the formerly homeless, and special needs households.

For more information call PSHH Executive Director Jeanette Duncan at (805) 540-2454 or Rochelle Rose, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Resource Development Director, at (805) 699-7227.