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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Low-Income & Subsidized Rental Housing, Senior Citizens Housing & Retirement Communities, Seniors

Mission: Peoples' Self-Help Housing (PSHH) is a national award-winning non-profit organization that creates affordable housing and self-sufficiency programs on California's Central Coast - San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

Results: Since 1970, the organization has built 1,200 "sweat equity" homes and over 1,600 affordable rental units.

Target demographics: low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups

Geographic areas served: San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, and Ventura County

Programs: "Self-Help" home ownership; rental housing development; neighborhood revitalization; property management; Supportive Housing Program; and Youth Education Enhancement Program (YEEP)

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I am buying land in SLO county to house the homeless with tiny houses, full utilities, infrastructure, and amenities for free.

I am trying to get county homeless grants (our application is due by the 23rd of August) to pay for what we need, but we do not have a 501 ( c ) (3) or 501 ( c ) (4) license. We would like to work with people who can submit a joint application and receive some of the grant money to help house the homeless.

Thank you.
James Dante Wood
1 512 484 7926

Angela M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single parent building my dream home with the help of Peoples' Self-Help Housing Corp. From the very beginning they were incredibly helpful and sincerely cared for me and my family. I never had a moment where they didn't keep me informed about where I was in the process and what was coming next. They are always there when I have a question. From the office staff to the Construction Supervisors to the CEO, they are all wonderful people. My supervisor, Joe, is always available to help, giving guidance or just listening. He taught me how to measure, how to use different types of saws and power tools. I feel confident and empowered by this process. I know that if I can build a house, I can do just about anything. This is possible because of the dedication of the amazing staff at PSHHC!



Rating: 4

People's Self Help Housing is one of the few options our community has for high quality housing affordable to low income residents, both rentals & home ownership. It, however, goes well beyond building housing; People's builds communities. It recognizes that many low income families sometimes face emergencies that threaten their ability to stay in their homes. People's is there for them. The home ownership, sweat equity program is often the only way low income families can become home owners. As the neighbors join together to build their homes People's gives the technical expertise to build the building. As importantly they build relationships that will create a strong and safe community for years to come. People's truly does live its mission to provide housing and services leading to self sufficiency for its clients.