Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Breaks Ground on Creston Garden Apartments Renovation

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Breaks Ground on Creston Garden Apartments Renovation

From left: Steve Gregory, City of Paso Robles - City Council Member; Kevin Drabinski, Field Representative - Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian’s Office; Sylvia Barbosa, Area Specialist - USDA Rural Development; John Fowler, CEO/President - PSHH; Phillip Porter, VP - Enterprise Community Investment; Gideon Anders, Senior Attorney - National Housing Law Project; Kevin Bommarito, Field Representative - State Senator William Monnings’ office; Whitney Gordon, District Representative - Congresswoman Lois Capps’ office; Shani Searcy, VP – JP Morgan Chase

Paso Robles, Calif. May 5, 2016 – Peoples’ Self-Help Housing celebrated the ground breaking for a complete rehabilitation of Creston Garden Apartments, a 60-unit affordable housing complex that was in danger of becoming market-rate housing. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017.

Originally funded through the USDA’s 515 program and built in 1980, Creston Garden consists of 15 two-story townhome buildings and a community building. Much needed maintenance was deferred at the aging property, and the 2003 Paso Robles earthquake contributed to foundation damage. PSHH entered escrow in 2014 and assumed ownership on April 13, 2016 to preserve, acquire and rehabilitate the affordable apartment complex, which will be managed by PSHH’s nonprofit affiliate The Duncan Group.

“This is an important project for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing. Not only were we able to preserve these units to remain affordable, but we are also able to make the improvements needed to ensure the hardworking families and individuals residing there have a safe and healthy place to call home,” said John Fowler, PSHH President & CEO. “Thousands of families are in need of affordable housing on the Central Coast, and losing Creston Garden to market-rate housing would have been a tragedy in our eyes.”

The rehabilitation will include foundation repairs and levelling to alleviate sagging. An overhaul to the drainage system will address water run off challenges that have been impacting multiple structures. All walkways will be replaced to bring them up to accessibility code, and several housing units will be adapted to comply with ADA standards. The property’s community building, including community space, management offices and a youth learning center will also be remodeled. Each building will be modernized/upgraded with new roofing, and all residential units will receive new appliances, cabinetry, flooring and fixtures.

Funding agencies include USDA Rural Development, JP Morgan Chase Bank and Enterprise Community Investment. Development partners include Keith Hall Architect, North Coast Engineering and Robert Andrew Fowler Landscape Architecture.

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 nearly 1,700 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, visit www.pshhc.org, email communications@pshhc.org or phone (805) 781-3088.