FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SB County, CA – August 9, 2021 – People’s Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH) has received a generous $5,000 gift from leading philanthropic group, The Santa Barbara Foundation. This capacity-building grant will introduce free high-speed Internet service at PSHH property Heath House, which provides affordable, supportive housing for formerly homeless women in Santa Barbara.
“We are so grateful for the continued dedication and partnership of the Santa Barbara Foundation,” said Davis Foley, PSHH Director of Technology. “This new funding will provide our residents at Heath House with greater independence, ease of mind, and connectivity via availability of free and reliable onsite Internet service.”
Previously serving as a hospice for AIDS patients, the historic Heath House property had fallen into disrepair and was purchased by PSHH in 2020. After extensive rehabilitation, the cherished landmark reopened in the spring of this year. The 2,500 square-foot property now serves the community with seven bedrooms, five-bathrooms, multiple common areas, a shared kitchen, and a dining room. Building on the considerable success of its programming at the nearby Victoria Hotel, and in Ventura the historic El Patio Hotel, PSHH offers all residents onsite supportive services at no charge.
The gift to upgrade the digital services at Heath House was provided by the Santa Barbara Foundation through their Small Capacity Building Grant program. This opportunity provides awards of up to $5,000 aimed at strengthening the organizational capacity and programmatic effectiveness of nonprofit organizations serving Santa Barbara County. The Santa Barbara Foundation works to mobilize and harness the intellectual and philanthropic resources available and invest in solutions to the problems that challenge their local community.
About People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH)
Founded in 1970, PSHH is the longest-serving nonprofit affordable housing organization on the Central Coast. With a mission of building homes and providing services to strengthen communities and change lives, PSHH serves low-income households, working families, seniors, veterans, farmworkers, those living with disabilities and the formerly homeless. It also provides homeownership opportunities through a self-help, “sweat equity” program that has seen over 1,200 homes successfully completed. PSHH has a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Monterey counties, manages over 2,000 rental units, and employs over 200 staff members. PSHH acknowledges the indigenous people of the territories that our organization occupies, including the Chumash, Salinan, Yokuts, Kitanemuk, and Tataviam people. To read the full land acknowledgement, visit pshhc.org/IDEA. For more information about the organization, visit pshhc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (805) 781-3088.
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