January 2004

PSHH Press Contacts:
Chris Davis / Sarah Bockhold

Peoples' Self Help Housing Showcases Affordable Home Ownership & Rental Programs at Guadalupe Development

River View Housing Dedication and Health Fair Saturday, January 29, 10 am-2 pm

Media Update: Congresswoman Lois Capps and Dignitaries Join Celebration

Guadalupe, CA, January 28, 2004—Peoples' Self-Help Housing (PSHH) is proud to announce the Grand Opening & Dedication of their latest affordable housing development in Guadalupe: River View Estates and Townhomes. The Dedication Ceremony will take place at the River View Townhomes site on Saturday, January 29th at 11:00 AM with entertainment and lunch following the ceremony. In addition, PSHH will host a Health Fair, including multiple medical screening services, and activities in the Learning Center for the community from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at the same location.

River View Estates is a development of 50 homes which were built by their new owners as part of PSHH's Self-Help Home Ownership Program. This program teaches low-income families financial and construction skills, and requires each family to contribute a minimum of 1,200 hours of construction labor. All 50 families are first time home owners, with their "sweat equity" used in lieu of a cash down-payment.

River View Townhomes is an attractive, permanently affordable rental community of 80 rental units adjacent to River View Estates. The development includes a 5,000 sq. ft. community center with health clinic and a 5,000 sq. ft. learning center.

The Health Fair will host 30 medical and health industry vendors offering free medical screenings. This portion of the event will highlight PSHH's innovative programs providing health education and treatment at multiple Peoples' sites. Programs include prenatal care, family nutrition, parenting skills, and on-site clinics.

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Who: Anticipated participants include 500 residents of River View Estates and Townhomes, the community of Guadalupe, Dignitaries, and other partner groups.

Speaking Dignitaries & Sponsors will include:
Congresswoman Lois Capps
Lupe Alvarez, Mayor of Guadalupe
Eugene Lee, Program Manager State Department of Housing & Community Development, HOME Program, Sacramento
Jim Price, Sr. Deputy Director, Central Valley Partnership Office, Fannie Mae
Caroline Vance, representing Assemblyman 35th District, Pedro Nava's office
Certificate of recognition from State Senator Abel Maldonado's office
Also present will be:

Roger Horton, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Santa Barbara
Jim McIntire, Rural Development Manager, Santa Maria (USDA)
Ed Moses, Director, Housing & Community Development, County of Santa Barbara
Larry Lavagnino, Mayor, City of Santa Maria
Alice Patino, Councilmember, City of Santa Maria
Leo Trujillo, Councilmember, City of Santa Maria
Anne-Marie Flynn, Rural Community Assistance Corp. RCAC
Representative from Supervisor Joni Gray's office
Ginnie Sterling, Special Projects Manager, City of Santa Maria
Urshella Starr, Dept of Housing & Community Development, Sacramento
Partial event sponsors include Fannie Mae, Wells Fargo Bank, Gubb & Barshay, MJ Ross, and Mid-State Bank & Trust

What: Grand Opening of River View Estates & Townhomes. Health Fair & Medical Screening.

Where: River View Townhomes, 230 Calle Cesar Chavez, Guadalupe—Directions from 101 South or North: Exit Main St./HWY 166 in Santa Maria. Go West on HWY 166 through Santa Maria. HWY 166 turns into Main St. in Guadalupe. Stay on Main St. (about 8 miles from Santa Maria to Guadalupe). Turn right on Calle Cesar Chavez after passing the Cemetery & "Point Sal Dunes."

When: Saturday, January 29th Health Fair & Medical Screening 10 AM - 2 PM Grand Opening & Dedication Ceremony 11 AM

Peoples' Self-Help Housing is an award winning non-profit 501(c)3 organization with over 35 years of experience developing housing for lower-income and special needs households on California's Central Coast. PSHH also provides assistance in the design and implementation of community development programs for numerous cities, counties and community groups. www.pshhc.org