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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Retains Exemplary Status with NeighborWorks America

Rating is highest awarded by national, congressionally chartered community development organization.

San Luis Obispo, Calif., July 6, 2018 – Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) held onto its “Exemplary” rating as a nonprofit affordable housing developer awarded by NeighborWorks America, a nationwide network of trained and certified community development organizations serving nearly 4,000 communities across the country.

“We are thrilled to be once again named as one of the top affordable housing developers in the nation,” said PSHH President & CEO John Fowler. “This accolade affirms the great work we are accomplishing in support of hardworking families along the Central Coast. We are honored that our combination of housing development, property management and site-based services has attracted national attention, but more than humbled to be in service to those who benefit from these beautiful neighborhoods.”

Annually, members of the NeighborWorks America network are assessed in key areas including Production and Program Services, Resource and Financial Management and Organizational Management and Board Governance. Organizations are then rated on a four-point scale of Exemplary, Strong, Satisfactory and Vulnerable. These regularly scheduled reviews are an effort by NeighborWorks America to ensure accountability to Congress, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), funders and taxpayers for the allocation of grant funds.

Fowler attributed PSHH’s exemplary rating to “the hard work, dedication and professionalism of the board and staff of PSHH.”

PSHH currently has a full project pipeline throughout the Central Coast. In San Luis Obispo County, housing for seniors is being built in Templeton and 29 households are building through the homeownership program in San Miguel. For Santa Barbara County, PSHH is set to complete two developments in Goleta with ground soon to be broken in Santa Maria and Guadalupe for veteran and farmworker housing respectively. PSHH also recently opened a new office in Ventura to support services and programs already being offered to the community.

About NeighborWorks America
For more than 35 years, NeighborWorks America, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit, has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $27.2 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

About PSHH
Founded in 1970, PSHH is the largest nonprofit affordable housing developer on the Central Coast and has the mission of building affordable homes and providing site-based services that offer opportunities to change lives and strengthen communities. PSHH serves low-income working families, farmworkers, seniors and veterans and provides welcoming environments for those living with disabilities and the formerly homeless. It also provides homeownership opportunities through a “sweat equity” program that has seen nearly 1,200 homes successfully constructed. Through its properties and offices, PSHH has a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, manages over 1,800 rental units, and employs nearly 200 staff members. For more information on PSHH, visit, email or phone (805) 781-3088.