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$20,000 Awarded to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s College Support Program for SLO County Latinas

$20,000 Awarded to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s  College Support Program for SLO County Latinas

San Luis Obispo, Calif., June 3 – Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH) efforts to support low-income Latina students in their dreams of higher education has received a generous $20,000 boost from The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County.

The College Enrollment for Latinas Entering Bright Rewarding Educations (CELEBRE) is an extension of PSHH’s College Club, a site-based educational program which equips students with the skills and knowledge to attend a higher education institution. In addition to College Club’s general support with assistance with applications for admission and financial aid, CELEBRE will empower low-income Latinas to overcome gender inequities and stereotypes that may prevent them from succeeding in higher education.

“Education is a key building block for a successful future,” said John Fowler, PSHH President/CEO. “Thanks to this support from The Community Foundation, the CELEBRE program will provide young women and girls the tools and resources to not only reach higher education, but to thrive in it.”

The Community Foundation grant is provided through its Women’s Legacy Fund which has given more than $300,000 since 2003 in support of a broad range of programs benefiting women and girls in San Luis Obispo County, from basic needs and education to physical and mental health. For the 2019 grant period, the fund supports “programs or projects which empower girls with the skills, knowledge, and support to overcome gender inequities, stereotypes and build resilience,” according to The Community Foundation’s website. Earlier, The Community Foundation supported the CELEBRE program with a $25,000 grant, making for a visionary contribution of $45,000 in total. 

PSHH’s site-based educational programming is offered to schoolchildren and college students through its 10 on-site learning centers located at its properties across the Central Coast. After-school tutoring and homework help is provided to students in grades K-8 throughout the school year, as well as day camps and field trips during seasonal breaks. For older students, College Club provides support and guidance from application to graduation. For more details on this and other PSHH programming, visit


About PSHH

Founded in 1970, PSHH is the largest nonprofit housing provider on the Central Coast with a  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 the formerly homeless and those living with disabilities. It also promotes homeownership through a “sweat equity” program that has seen over 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.



Media Contact: Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, Communications Department,, (805) 548-2340