September 2006

Media Contacts: Chris Davis/Marjorie M. Wass (805) 687-3322

Lottery for New Affordable Housing

Peoples' Self-Help Housing holds drawing on Monday
in Goleta for 8 Affordable Apartments

Media Opportunity: DRAWING: Goleta City Hall, 130 Cremona Dr.,
Monday, September 11, at 5 PM

Goleta, CA—Goleta City Council members will assist Peoples’ Self-Help Housing in the selection of occupants for eight new affordable housing units in Goleta. 75 applications were received for the Ellwood Beach Apartment complex.

All applications for the development go into a lottery and will be drawn one-by-one by a Council member. A number will be drawn for every single application, and processed in that order.

A lower lottery number assigned to an application does not automatically guarantee that a family was selected; it simply determines the order in which the applications are processed. The next step is to process and qualify the applicants. Apartment rents will range from $500 to $1184.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, a local nonprofit providing home ownership and affordable rental opportunities for low income families since 1970, built eight new permanently affordable apartments in Goleta. The one and two-bedroom units vary from about 580 to 900 square feet in size. The complex includes a laundry facility and is located near public transportation routes, shopping areas and Girsh Park recreational area.

Other PSHH developments in the city of Goleta include the nearby Storke Ranch Apartments and Isla Vista Apartments. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing also owns and manages 1200 affordable rental units throughout the Central Coast.. Local properties include Victoria St. Bungalows I & II, Victoria Hotel, Milagro de Ladera Apartments in Santa Barbara, and Dahlia Court Apartments and Camper Park in Carpinteria.

Partners in this project include Design ARC, Inc. and Penfield & Smith Engineers. Funding partners include the City of Goleta, County of Santa Barbara, Montecito Bank & Trust, and the State Department of Housing & Community Development.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is an award winning non-profit organization with 36 years of experience developing affordable housing and community facilities for low-income and special needs households. With over 1000 self-help homes completed and over 1200 rental units owned and managed, PSHH continues to strengthen its reputation and leadership position as the premiere affordable housing and community developer on the Central Coast. PSHH is committed to developing vibrant neighborhoods, building attractive, high quality housing and to providing innovative community services, so their residents have every possible opportunity to succeed in life. www.pshhc.org.