Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Action
In 2019, People’s Self-Help Housing formed the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action) Commission, a staff led effort to ensure advancements, promote opportunities and hear all voices related to equity, diversity and inclusion that affect our residents and team members. We invite you to read our:
PSHH is the longest-serving affordable housing provider on the Central Coast of California, and our organization has, in alignment with its mission, the responsibility to positively impact the lives of our residents and team members through advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion through our work, which currently include, but are not limited to:
• Building mindful communities that improve upon the issues of historic and systemic racism, income inequity, and discrimination.
• Providing opportunities for learning and growth for our employees through inclusion at all levels of the organization.
• Developing policies and procedures that guard our residents and team members against unequal treatment, whether the treatment is intentional or unintentional.
• Learning from and growing with our communities and team members.
PSHH Board and team members hold ourselves accountable for continuing to uphold these actions and maintain our vision for inclusion, diversity and equity at PSHH and in the communities we serve.
The recent, senseless killing of George Floyd is one of countless events that have brought the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion and the true need for active change into focus in our communities and across the country. These events challenge us all, and creates an opportunity to engage and face the question, “How we can do better?” We believe this begins with a reflective assessment of who we are as a company and how we can contribute to positive change.
As of January 6, 2021, our demographic profile is as follows:
Total PSHH Team Members:
The IDEA Commission is eager to work with our team members, management and the Board for the positive change we seek. We acknowledge the hard work ahead and look forward to working together to identify and implement changes that result in greater diversity, inclusivity, racial justice and equity.
The IDEA Commission will engage with team members monthly with the goal to cultivate safe spaces to discuss inclusion, diversity, equity, and to address shared feedback and themes. A reporting form also exists where team members can submit anonymous comments.
We humbly and with sincere gratitude, acknowledge the indigenous people of the territories that our organization now occupies. Those indigenous groups include the Chumash, who once numbered in the tens of thousands and lived from Paso Robles to Malibu, Salinan, Yokuts, Kitanemuk, and Tataviam people.
We honor and respect the sacred connection between these people and the land that they have stewarded for generations. At the properties for which we are now the temporary stewards, we pledge to stand against the inequities and injustices that Indigenous people have or might face. Our work commits us to advocate for justice and equity on behalf of our residents, ensuring we do our best to safeguard against future injustices.
This acknowledgement is an important step in our learning from past histories and their present-day implications, and to ensure our properties will be just and equitable places to live. This acknowledgement is a demonstration of our respect to the past keepers of this land and the land itself, and of our responsibilities and duties as its current keepers.