Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Opens Local Office to Expand Affordable Housing Program for Ventura County Community
Posted on 05/22/2018
One of Peoples’ Self-Help Housing properties, the landmark El Patio Hotel in downtown Ventura provides affordable and safe housing for County residents.
Ventura, Calif., May 22, 2018 – To better serve the Ventura County community, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH), the largest nonprofit affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, has opened a new office in Ventura.
Although the office is new, the organization is not new to the community. Through its 48-year-old home ownership program, 62 families built their own homes at Villa Campesina in Moorpark in 1991 and, in 2003, 47 first-time homeowners earned the keys to their own front doors at Citrus Pointe in Piru.
In 2011, PSHH took ownership and remodeled the landmark El Patio Hotel in downtown Ventura. The rehabilitation project preserved the historical integrity of the property while upgrading and furnishing the 41 existing rooms to studio apartments for low-income individuals, including the formerly homeless.
In 2016, PSHH was asked to assist the resident-run board with the property management of the 100-unit Rancho Sespe Apartments in Fillmore. Assumption of this role not only ensured farmworkers and their families could continue living in affordable housing, but brought the additional benefit of PSHH’s hallmark site-based services.
The new Ventura office, located at 474 E. Santa Clara, will principally be used for meetings with community groups, with office hours by appointment only. Members of the public in search of affordable housing can visit www.pshhc.org, call the main San Luis Obispo office at (805) 781-3088 or stop by any PSHH property to speak to an onsite manager.
Founded in 1970, PSHH has the mission of building homes and providing site-based services that offer opportunities to change lives and strengthen communities. PSHH serves low-income working families, seniors and veterans; it is also provides welcoming environments for those living with disabilities and the formerly homeless. In addition to its rental properties, PSHH offers homeownership opportunities through an owner-builder, “sweat equity” program that has seen nearly 1,200 homes successfully constructed. Through its properties and offices, PSHH has a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, manages over 1,800 rental units, and employs nearly 200 staff members.