February 2013

Media Contact: Jeanette Duncan (805) 540-2454
or Rochelle Rose (805) 699-7227

February 2013

Unique Home-Framing Contest hosted by
Peoples' Self-Help Housing in Atascadero on Feb. 18

Peoples' Self-Help Housing (PSHH) is hosting "Frame It Up", a house-framing competition, on Presidents Day, Monday, February 18, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The friendly, competitive event will take place at Peoples' Self-Help home building site in north Atascadero on Atalaya Street Cross Street at El Camino Real, between the Del Rio exit and Santa Cruz exit on the 101 freeway.

Five 10-15 member teams, composed of a PSHH construction supervisor, self-help owner/builders and staff or friends of their sponsor, will compete to see which team can frame a home the most quickly.

This is the first-time competition; however, Peoples' hopes to make it an annual event. Similar competitions have been held nationally. An example of a similar competition was hosted by the Weaver Companies of York, Pennsylvania, who participated in the Devon Builders Cup, a house-framing contest that supported Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina. The company's team posted the quickest time, at 1 hour and 48 minutes, for framing a home that was transported to Baton Rouge, LA. This framing contest video (2 minutes in length) can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_nVAm5IRP0.

Event sponsors include Big Creek Lumber, Hayward Lumber, North Coast Engineering, Robbins/Reed Company, and Wells Fargo Bank. The Wells Fargo team has invited youth from the Bakari Mentoring Program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to participate on their team.

The purpose of the framing contest event is to assist the self-help home builders in completing the framing process and to create a sense of community with the neighborhood, sponsors, and volunteers. All participants will enjoy lunch together at noon following the competition.

Peoples' Self-Help homes are being constructed by 24 low income owner/builder families who have pledged to work 40 hours per week on their homes until they are completed, which typically takes one year. One group of 12 home builders began construction in July 2012 at the Atascadero site, and another group started in January 2013.

The owner builders are building their homes under the guidance of Peoples' Self-Help Housing Construction Supervisors, Bonifacio Soto and Brad Nay. The owner/builders obtained construction financing from USDA's Section 502 Rural Housing Loan Program. Peoples' Self-Help Housing has assisted over 1,100 families on the Central Coast to become home owners through their mutual self-help program over the past 42 years.

PSHH is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide affordable housing and programs leading to self-sufficiency for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups on California's Central Coast. Since its establishment in 1970, PSHH has created over 1,150 self-help homeownership opportunities and has built more than 1,350 affordable rental units in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. The public and media are invited to observe the event on February 18. Volunteers are also welcome to help build the homes on other days. For more information about the Frame It Up Contest, volunteering, or the self help home building program, contact Sheryl Flores, Vice President of Real Estate Development, at sherylf@pshhc.org or (805)540-2465.