Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Celebrated 45 Years at Community Luncheon April 23

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Celebrated 45 Years at Community Luncheon April 23

Jessica Aguilar, a Self-Help Home Builder, tells her story during Peoples’ Self Help-Housing’s 45th Anniversary Luncheon Thursday. As a Self-Help Home Builder, Jessica worked alongside her family and other Self-Help Home Builder families to build their own homes.

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Luncheon at Madonna Inn highlighted success stories of residents

Central Coast, April 24, 2015 – Peoples’ Self-Help Housing kicked off its 45th Anniversary year with a luncheon at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, honoring all those who have helped low-income residents obtain affordable quality housing for more than four decades.

In 1970, a small group of community leaders founded Peoples’ in San Luis Obispo because of the lack of safe, affordable housing. It has since expanded to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, with a total of 1,571 rental units that Peoples’ continues to manage. PSHH has also assisted 1,149 low-income Self-Help Home Builders construct their own houses.

“Everyone at Peoples’ is driven to provide safe homes for low-income families, veterans, the disabled, seniors, and the formerly homeless in our community, and it’s been a privilege to see these neighbors flourish in our housing,” said John Fowler, Peoples’ President/CEO. “We have succeeded due to the contributions of our investors, donors, businesses, volunteers and community organization with whom we partner. We want to acknowledge and thank them for all they’ve done as we reach this major milestone.”

In addition to lunch and an opportunity to mingle, guests of the April 23 luncheon heard resident success stories from Jimi McFarlin, a formerly homeless resident now thriving in affordable housing; Esgar Pulido, a Cal Poly engineering student who throughout his elementary, middle school and high school education received after-school assistance from Peoples’ Youth Education Enhancement Program (YEEP); and Jessica Aguilar, a Self-Help Home Builder.

Jessica told the 150-plus crowd that her family worked alongside Peoples’ and nine other Self-Help-Builder families to construct their own homes in Paso Robles in 1996. It was no easy task, but their new home was able to improve their family life and bring them stability. Jessica’s two sons were 6 and 8 years old at the time, and the process taught them that they can excel in life. Her sons are now working as professionals in San Luis Obispo.

The luncheon was held 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Road. For more, visit www.pshhc.org.

Presenters at the event included the following: Master of Ceremonies Dave Hovde, KSBY; PSHH Board Member Charlie Fruit, Coast Hills Bank; San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Howell Marx; Kevin Drabinski, Office of State Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian; Annie Aguiniga, Office of State Senator Bill Monning; Betsy Umhofer, Office of State Congress Representative Lois Capps; PSHH President/CEO John Fowler; Kathy Devaney. Resident speakers: Jimi McFarlin, Jessica Aguilar and Esgar Pulido.

About PSHH
Founded in 1970, PSHH is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, such as seniors, veterans, the disabled, and the formerly homeless. With nearly 1,200 self-help homes completed and over 1,500 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest 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, email info@pshhc.org or phone (805) 781-3088.