2015

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Celebrates NeighborWorks Week beginning June 6

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Celebrates NeighborWorks Week beginning June 6

Students Share a Meal with Senior Residents; Self-Help Homes Tour Hosted in Los Alamos

Central Coast, May 28, 2015 – Elementary school students will bring a meal to share with seniors living at Peoples' Self-Help Housing properties in Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles and Santa Maria as part of NeighborWorks Week, a celebration that brings together affordable housing organizations, volunteers, neighbors, businesses and others across the country. PSHH will also host an open house and tour of five self-help homes that are nearing completion in Los Alamos.

PSHH is joining its community development partner NeighborWorks America for the week-long celebration, which officially takes place June 7-14 throughout the United States. The week is designed to celebrate neighborhood change and awareness. Volunteers around the country will be working to rehab and repair homes, paint and landscape properties, conduct neighborhood tours, recognize successful partnerships, and host events.

Locally, elementary age students who participate in Peoples’ Youth Education Enhancement Program (YEEP) will be bringing a meal to share with seniors living in Peoples’ senior apartments. The young people will also present to each senior a gift of a small, wooden house that they painted. The children and seniors will share in the joy of having a safe and happy home, and the little ‘house’ gifts are a symbol. The public is invited to drop by and meet the seniors and students, plus tour the property.

“This is a special gift that represents the joy of having safe homes they are able to return to at night,” said PSHH CEO/President John Fowler. “While it’s a joy not everyone has, NeighborWorks Week is the perfect chance to recognize the work going on all over America to change that.”

The public is welcome to stop by the below NeighborWorks Week senior/student events and join in the celebrations.

“We’re All Neighbors” Intergenerational Meals:
· Saturday, June 6, Arroyo Grande: 3-4:30 p.m. Cawelti Court Senior Apartments, 351 S. Elm Street.
· Monday, June 8, Santa Maria: 3-4:30 p.m., Valentine Court Senior Apartments, 280 E. Newlove Drive.
· Friday June 12, Paso Robles: 3-4:30 p.m., Creekside Gardens Senior Apartments, 401 Oak Hill Road.

Self-Help Homes Open House in Los Alamos
The open house for the five self-help homes will be held Sunday June 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 801 Newman Lane in Los Alamos (near the intersections of Foxen Lane and Hill Street). Five self-help families have been working under the supervision of PSHH to complete the work to complete the homes. Come enjoy refreshments and meet the self-help builders, staff, elected officials, and supporters. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is proud to participate in another national celebration recognizing Rural Self Help Housing’s 50 Years and 50,000 Homes Built. PSHH is proud to be a part of this historical Rural Self-help housing movement and invites you to this Los Alamos commemorative event that celebrates this accomplishment.

About PSHH
Founded in 1970, PSHH is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, such as seniors, veterans, the disabled, and the formerly homeless. With nearly 1,200 self-help homes completed and over 1,500 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, visit www.pshhc.org, email info@pshhc.org or phone (805) 781-3088.