April 2005

Media Contact:
Chris Davis

Local Families Participate in State-Wide Cultural Campaign: “California Stories Uncovered”

Local Book Tells Histories of Ten Families from Ladera Street Apartments

Santa Barbara, CA, April 10, 2005—Santa Barbara is participating in a State-wide campaign by the California Council for the Humanities to "uncover the stories beneath the headlines, statistics and stereotypes" as part of California Stories Uncovered. Peoples' Self-Help Housing was awarded a grant to participate on behalf of families from the Ladera Street Apartments, which is owned and operated by the affordable housing nonprofit. These ten families will be the focus of the book of stories chronicling their histories. Stories are available to view at www.pshhc.org.

California First Lady Maria Shriver is the honorary chair of the month-long campaign that seeks to inspire and educate through stories of the rich diversity of the people who make up our state. Photo exhibits, oral and written history, poetry, discussion groups, films, videos and public forums across the State will peel back the layer of who we are.

"The families at Ladera Street Apartments are honored to be a part of this amazing cultural and educational opportunity that explores the stories behind what brought families to Santa Barbara, their hopes and dreams, their struggles, and their adventures along the way," said Jeanette Duncan, Executive Director of Peoples' Self-Help Housing.

Ten families at Ladera Street Apartments tell their stories as part of the "Las Historias de Ladera" (The Histories of Ladera), in a book that was funded by a grant from the California Council for the Humanities, depicting the hardships of assimilation and finding a new life in Santa Barbara.

--Media Advisory--

What: A brief reception unveiling the "Las Historias de Ladera" book which describes the family history of 10 resident families of the Ladera Street Apartments. Family members from some of the families represented in the book will give brief presentations

Who: Representative families from Las Historias de Ladera, Peoples' Self-Help Housing representatives, partner representatives and dignitaries

Where: 322 Ladera Street, Santa Barbara

When: Thursday, April 14, 6-7:30 pm