May 2013

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

May 1, 2013

Peoples' Self-Help Housing Brings Economic Development to Carpinteria

Peoples' Self-Help Housing is bringing a sizeable amount of economic activity to the City of Carpinteria and surrounding local businesses and suppliers. One current project is the $1.2 million rehabilitation of Chapel Court, 681 Ash Avenue, which is 40-year old affordable farm worker housing rental complex. The 28 residential units are all three-bedroom, one-bath apartments which hadn't been upgraded since they were built in the 1970's.

Peoples' took over management of the property several years ago and recently secured grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Housing and Community Development Department Joe Serna Jr. Farm Worker Housing Program to pay for the upgrade.

According to President/CEO Jeanette Duncan the rehabilitation project is employing scores of workers and is using vendors and business from Carpinteria and the surrounding area. Some of these include plumbers, electricians, cabinet makers, window replacement firms, roofers, painters, etc. "At any one time we currently have four demolition workers, three window replacement workers, and up to ten roofers working at Chapel Court."

The residents are temporarily housed in a local hotel or may accept a stipend if they can stay with nearby family or friends. Groups of four households at a time are moved out for two weeks and then moved back into their remodeled apartment. The after-school Youth Education program has continued operations during the rehab project in order to continue to serve the resident children. The remodel includes new kitchen cabinets and countertops, bathroom fixtures and new tub/shower enclosure, doors, paint, double-paned windows, window blinds, stove and refrigerators, fire alarms, fire sprinkler system, and water heaters. "Remodeled units will also be much more energy efficient," stated Duncan.

Two units will also be brought up to current ADA standards, including two new entry way ramps and three exterior parking ramps.

Due to limited funds one item not included in the work is replacing the 40 year old heating units in the apartments. A private donor is needed to provide funds in the amount of approximately $100,000 to replace the old wall heaters with new energy efficient furnaces.

Another new project in Carpinteria is the construction of 33 new affordable apartments at Dahlia Court II, located at 1300 Dahlia Court near the Santa Ynez Street overpass. Nearing completion in June and visible off the 101 freeway, the housing addition complements the adjoining 54-unit Dahlia Court. Apartments owned by Peoples. The new housing will include a large community center, with classrooms for youth education programs, and offices for social workers and medical screening services. The Dahlia Court new addition is a $9 million construction project that has brought an estimated 120 jobs to the community. Completion is expected July 1, 2013.

Financing partners for DCII include Rabobank, County of Santa Barbara HOME Program, City of Carpinteria, Merritt Community Capital, County of Santa Barbara Housing Authority, and the Federal Home Loan Bank Board Affordable Housing Program sponsored by Montecito Bank and Trust. Capital campaign donors include the Santa Barbara Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Outhwaite Foundation, Hutton Parker Foundation, Looker Family Foundation, James Wheeler, and many others.

Peoples' Self-Help Housing provides affordable housing and programs leading to self-sufficiency for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups on California's Central Coast. PSHH has developed and now manages over 1,400 affordable rental units in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties. It has also provided first-time homeownership opportunities for over 1,150 working families. PSHH is the leading affordable housing developer on the Central Coast with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

For more information on Peoples' Self-Help Housing visit www.pshhc.org or call (805) 699-7227 or 540-2454.