2016

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing to Break Ground on Affordable Santa Barbara Apartments June 1

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing to Break Ground on  Affordable Santa Barbara Apartments June 1

Santa Barbara, Calif. May 16, 2016 – Peoples’ Self-Help Housing invites the community to the June 1 ground breaking ceremony for its all-new, 40-unit affordable housing development Jardin de las Rosas, near downtown Santa Barbara.

PSHH will host a ground breaking celebration at the construction site from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 at 510 North Salsipuedes St. The free event is open to the public and will feature a ceremony followed by a light lunch.

The development will feature a community center, multi-purpose room, youth education center, staff offices, on-site laundry facilities and an interior courtyard with a tot-lot. PSHH is beginning construction on Jardin de las Rosas as rental prices continue to soar in Santa Barbara and vacancy rates reach all-time lows.

“As beautiful as it is here, it’s not easy living in Santa Barbara. Each day we hear from hardworking families, who despite working multiple jobs, can’t afford suitable housing,” said John Fowler, PSHH President and CEO. “It’s driving people away from the community and leading to longer hours in traffic for commuters, who could otherwise be with their loved ones. This isn’t the reality Santa Barbara should be facing, and we’re thankful for everyone who came together to get Jardin de las Rosas to this stage.”

The property is located in a priority housing overlay zone that was identified through the community input process which informed the City’s Plan Santa Barbara outreach effort. As such, it is one of the first projects approved through the City’s pilot program under the new ordinance, and a key implementation action of the City’s General Plan.

Invited officials include Helene Schneider, City of Santa Barbara Mayor; Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara County First District Supervisor; Office of Congresswoman Lois Capps; Office of State Assemblyman Das Williams; Office of Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and more.

Funding agencies include California Community Reinvestment Corp., J.P. Morgan Chase, City of Santa Barbara, HOME & Redevelopment, Goleta Valley Housing Committee and Enterprise Community Partners. Development partners include architects Peikert + RRM Design Group, landscape architect Robert Andrew Fowler, civil engineer Stantec and structural engineer Ashley & Vance Engineering Inc.

Ground Breaking Details
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1
510 North Salsipuedes St.
“Unpaved” parking is available at the site location. Limited street parking. Carpooling is encouraged.
To RSVP by May 25 contact (805) 699-7220 or monicas@pshhc.org.

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 almost 1,700 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, visit www.pshhc.org, email communications@pshhc.org or phone (805) 781-3088.