July 2010

Media Contact: Rochelle Rose, Fund Development Director, (805) 699-7227 or
Annette Montoya, Corporate Communications Manager, (805) 781-3088 x

July 30 , 2010

Peoples' Restores Historic El Patio Hotel in Downtown Ventura
Sponsors Needed to Furnish 42 Rooms

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is nearing completion of the restoration of the El Patio Hotel, 167 South Palm Avenue in downtown Ventura. The single-room-occupancy will serve very low-income residents. Sixteen rooms of the 42 single-room occupancy units are set-aside for formerly homeless individuals referred by Ventura County Behavioral Health Department.

The non-profit organization is seeking $350 sponsorship donations from the community in order to provide furniture, linens, towels, and toiletries for every resident. In order to ‘sponsor a room’ for $350, donations may be made payable to ‘Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’, 26 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara 93101 or on-line at www.pshhc.org/donate.

Peoples’ is adding many improvements at the property, including a community kitchen, offices, wheelchair lift, two handicapped accessible studios, as well as improved parking, improved exterior, landscaping, fire sprinklers, new plumbing, heating and electrical systems, and a photovoltaic solar system on the roof.
Since purchasing the Hotel, Peoples’ has also brought in supportive programs for the existing tenants. PSHH social workers visit the property regularly, and Food Share of Ventura County is now helping to distribute food to the low-income residents.

The El Patio Hotel is a classic Mission-style hotel built in 1928. The renovation will retain the original architectural aspects of the building. Project architect is E.C. Lind, LLP; interior designer is Adele Rosen. PSHH construction superintendent is Jim Hurst and project manager is Brad Stevenson. Michel Colmache continues as the on-site property manager, a position he held for 16 years with the previous owner.

The 11,741 sq. ft. renovation will preserve the hotel’s original glass and brass hardware, vintage skylight, and hallway door glass transoms. “We are restoring the original character of the hotel to show it as it was built in 1928,” said PSHH project manager Brad Stevenson.

“The El Patio Hotel has been operating as one of the few options for affordable housing in the downtown core of Ventura for over 20 years. Several of the current occupants, including the on-site manager, have been residents of the Hotel for many years. Many are seniors on fixed incomes, others work in the downtown business corridor stated Executive Director Jeanette Duncan.

Financing is provided by Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, City of Ventura Redevelopment Agency & HOME Program, County of Ventura, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009), voter-approved Proposition 1C Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act.
For more information contact Peoples’ Self-Help Housing at (805) 962-5152 x227 or visit www.pshhc.org.