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20 Years of Impact: The Resident Assistance Fund

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  Central Coast, CA, January 12, 2022 – People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) staff have elected two new representatives to steward the funds of the deeply impactful Resident Assistance Fund: Colleen Plevel (right), Project Coordinator for Multifamily Housing Development and Sophie Marsh (left), Communications Specialist.

Founded in 2001, the Resident Assistance Fund (RAF) has been providing emergency financial support for medical, food and utilities to PSHH residents in deep need for over two decades. Funds are utilized when all other potential resolutions and community resources have been exhausted. Each year, thousands of dollars are distributed to PSHH residents facing financial emergencies.

Elected by a vote of their peers, Colleen and Sophie will serve on the Resident Assistance Fund committee for a two-year term. They will work with the Director of Neighborhood Development & Resident Services to ensure prudent management of the funds. Recent requests made through the RAF include: funds for emergency medical procedures, payment of past-due utility bills, and food assistance during a period of lost-income.

“We are so grateful for continued gifts to the Resident Assistance Fund, much of which comes from our staff members who see the need every day,” said Rick Gulino, Director of Neighborhood Development & Resident Services. “This program offers a direct way to support your neighbors in their most critical moments of need. It is powerful to think of the impact the RAF has had throughout these past 20 years.”

The Resident Assistance Fund is made possible through the support of hundreds of generous community supporters. To make a gift and support this critical need, or to learn more about the deep needs facing our most vulnerable residents, visit pshhc.org/resident-assistance-fund.

About People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH)

With nearly 1,000 units of new housing in its pipeline, 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 info@pshhc.org or phone (805) 781-3088.

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Media Contact: communications@pshhc.org, (805) 878-8328

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