July 2009

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July 2009

Ortega-Alvarez Joins Peoples' Self-Help Housing Board

Mirella Ortega-Alvarez has been elected to the board of directors of Peoples' Self-Help Housing. A Carpinteria resident, Mirella also serves on the board of Chapel Court Housing, a farm worker housing complex in Carpinteria that Peoples' was recently asked to manage. She is also volunteers at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, St. Joseph's Parish, and the American Youth Soccer Organization.

"I want to commit 100% to the Peoples' Self-Help Housing organization and the community. I am especially interested in health services, affordable safe rental housing, and Peoples' Youth Education Enhancement Program," stated Ortega-Alvarez.

Ortega-Alvarez has worked in medical office reception and is currently attending Santa Barbara City College to earn a nursing degree. She graduated from Santa Barbara High School. She and her husband Cecilio have five children and a new grandchild.

Founded in 1970, Peoples' Self-Help Housing is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families. With over 1,000 homes completed and over 1,200 rental units owned and managed by Peoples' Self-Help Housing, PSHH is the premiere affordable housing and community developer on the Central Coast, with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.