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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Celebrates New Affordable Housing for Farmworker Families in Santa Maria

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Celebrates New Affordable Housing for Farmworker Families in Santa Maria

First Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified development for nonprofit organization.

Santa Maria, Calif., July 23, 2018 – Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) is excited to announcing the grand opening of Los Adobes de Maria III (LADM III), new affordable housing for farmworker families in Santa Maria, on Friday, July 27, 2018.

LADM III, located at 525 South Russell Avenue, is PSHH’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum project and features 34 units with environmentally friendly and energy efficient systems. The property also includes a community room, on-site laundry facilities, barbecue area and a children’s playground.

“The members of the farming community are the backbone of the Santa Maria community,” said John Fowler, President & CEO of PSHH. “We are proud to be offering these hardworking families a beautiful, environmentally conscious and affordable place to call home.”

Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, a LEED certification, is the most widely used rating system in the world and provides an international standard in the development of environmentally friendly buildings. Some of the design aspects of LADM III include:

  • Drought tolerant landscaping and surface permeability.
  • Renewable energy system to achieve zero net energy.
  • Construction waste diversion was greater than 75 percent.
  • Naturally occurring assets such as solar orientation and nighttime cooling.

LADM III is the third development phase of the Los Adobes de Maria Community and will offer adjustable rents for farmworkers and their families earning less than 60 percent of area median income. Residents at all three developments will benefit from the site-based educational programming available at the LADM II learning center. These programs include after school tutoring for grades K-8 and support for those bound for college. Adults will also be able to benefit from work force readiness programs, career and small business development.

Funding agencies for LADM III include Wells Fargo Bank, County of Santa Barbara, City of Santa Maria, USDA Rural Development, National Equity Fund, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and NeighborWorks America. Development partners include Carl Schneider & Associates, Peikert + RRM Design Group, Landscape Architect Robert Andrew Fowler and Interiors by Adele.

About PSHH
Founded in 1970, PSHH is the largest nonprofit 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 promotes homeownership through a “sweat equity” program that has seen nearly 1,200 homes successfully constructed. 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, please visit, email or phone (805) 781-3088.