50 YEARS. 50 STORIES.

There have been many great moments in PSHH history…

This year we mark the beginning of a milestone anniversary for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, our 50th year!

We hope you will join us in reminiscing and reflecting on half a decade of building stronger communities across the Central Coast.  #50Years50Stories

1970 | Jeanette Duncan forms Peoples’ Self-Help Housing

In 1970, in San Luis Obispo, CA, a small group of leaders, including Jeanette Duncan, joined together in concern about the lack of affordable housing for low-income and special needs households. The group learned about a federally sponsored program available to nonprofit sponsors to finance the construction of owner built, low-income housing, which led to the founding of Peoples’ Self-Help Housing! Jeanette Duncan led the organization as Founder and President/CEO for over 40 years, seeing the organization through extensive evolution and growth.

1990 | Valentine Court has its Grand Opening

Valentine Court, a Santa Maria property for seniors and those living with disabilities, was opened in 1990. Sarah – and her canine companion Penny – are currently living at VC and Sarah has seen a vast improvement in quality of life and ability to navigate life with her disabilities. Sarah is deaf and suffers from extreme vertigo. Before coming to Valentine Court, she lived with friends, in her car and in a garage. Sarah’s disease precludes her from working and greatly limits her contact with the outside world. To communicate with friends and family, she uses a video phone service, which doesn’t function without consistent, reliable internet access. Since moving to Valentine Court, Sarah has the support, services, and internet signal to stay connected to her friends and family and live a vibrant life!

Photo by Jayson Melom, Santa Maria Sun

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