From 1970 – Today
With a mission to build permanent, supportive housing with site-based services that offer
opportunities to change lives and strengthen communities, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is
the longest-serving nonprofit housing organization on California’s Central Coast.
Following the landmark legislation of the Fair Housing Act in 1968, a small group of
concerned citizens and local community leaders, wanted to address the lack of housing available
to low-income and special-needs households locally. This grassroots effort gave birth
to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, which incorporated in 1970.
Learning of a USDA program to finance the construction of owner-built housing, PSHH enlisted a group of families to build a home through the sweat equity process. Working side by side and contributing their labor in place of a down payment, these “pioneers” were the first PSHH owner-builders.
In the mid 80s, responding to the growing needs of the community, PSHH then moved
into the development of rental housing. The next three decades saw us adding nearly
2,000 rental units through new construction, preservation, and rehabilitation.
Combined with vital and much needed supportive services,
which we began to add in the 1990s, our neighborhoods now provide
safe and stable housing to over 5,000 individuals.
We are an organization nearly 200 employees strong, serving communities in
three counties. To learn more about our work read our Annual Report.