County of Santa Barbara, CA, February 10, 2020 – This month People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) will be opening a new property called Heath House. Located on E. Sola Street, the historic building was formerly a hospice for AIDS patients. In 2020 PSHH purchased the property, with plans for an extensive restoration and rehabilitation.
“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to restore this historic property and to bring much-needed permanent affordable housing to the City of Santa Barbara,” said Morgen Benevedo Executive Vice President of PSHH. “Heath House is truly one-of-a-kind and we look forward to welcoming our new residents home in a few short weeks.”
Once completed, Heath House will provide housing for seven formerly homeless women in the area. The two-story, 2,500 square-foot home will be comprised of seven bedrooms, five-bathrooms, multiple common areas, and a shared kitchen and dining room. PSHH will also provide onsite supportive services, including case management, counseling, education programs, and compassionate property management – all free of charge for the residents.
At the end of 2020, generous community donations of over $34,000 were raised to help complete the furnishings, provide bedding and personal items, and other household essentials for the new residents. However, there is still time to make a donation and help turn this house into a home before move-in day. Remaining donations are needed to complete the landscaping, provide a community garden and to add final finishing touches in the restful outdoor areas.
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. For more information, visit pshhc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (805) 781-3088.
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