May 2007

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

Peoples' Self-Help Housing Education Program
Gets Boost from the United Way

Paso Robles, California, May 8, 2007-Peoples' Self-Help Housing (PSHH) is pleased to receive a United Way grant in the amount of $14,733. The grant will be used to purchase furniture, computers and other supplies to help start PSHH's Education Enhancement Program (EEP) at the new Canyon Creek Apartments in Paso Robles.

The Education Enhancement Program (EEP) was started in April 2002 in response to requests from parents who saw their children failing in schools, and who were not equipped to address the problems due to language barrier and low education levels. Working closely with local school districts, the goal of EEP is to increase the academic performance of children, kindergarten through 12th grade, and includes the collaboration between families, the public schools, and PSHH educators. PSHH bilingual credentialed educators meet with the children daily year-round and work on study habits and developing academic skills.

There are EEP learning centers at five Peoples' Self-Help Housing sites in Santa Barbara County: Dahlia Court and the Camper Park in Carpinteria, Ladera in Santa Barbara, Los Adobes de Maria II in Santa Maria, and River View in Guadalupe. The learning center at Canyon Creek Apartments in Paso Robles will be the first in San Luis Obispo County.

Canyon Creek Apartments is a multi family apartment complex in north San Luis Obispo County. The affordable 68 unit apartment complex is located on the east side of town at 400 Oak Hill Road in Paso Robles across from the Wal-Mart shopping center. Features include air conditioning, on site laundry facilities, community room, health clinic, learning center and ample parking.

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 homes completed and over 1200 rental units owned and managed by Peoples' Self-Help Housing, 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, build attractive, high quality housing and to provide innovative community services, so their residents have every possible opportunity to succeed in life.