Historic Heath House Receives Golden Leaf Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Santa Barbara County, CA, August 19, 2021 – People’s Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH)’s unique property, Heath House, has received recognition for outstanding contributions to the health and beauty of Santa Barbara through the 2021 Golden Leaf Awards. Presented by Santa Barbara Beautiful, this historic home was selected as the recipient of the ‘Presidents Award’ in commemoration of PSHH’s recent rehabilitation of the site.

“We very much appreciate the opportunity to be recognized for the work achieved at Heath House this past year,” said Ken Trigueiro, PSHH CEO & President “Not only is the property fully restored and a credit to the community, but it is now providing a safe, supportive space for formerly homeless women in Santa Barbara. This was a highly collaborative project, and we share this high honor with our many development partners and generous supporters who made it possible.”

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 to serve formerly homeless women in the community. 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.

Each year, Santa Barbara Beautiful recognizes important beautification projects throughout the city through their Golden Leaf Awards. From small single-family homes to estate gardens, civic buildings, theatres, placing art in public places, the awards single out exemplary properties that expand the beauty of Santa Barbara. The President’s Award, which was received by PSHH this year, provides special recognition to individuals and organizations who have made unique contributions to the ongoing health and beauty of the community.

To learn more about Heath House, watch the Property Promo; to learn more about PSHH, visit pshhc.org.

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 info@pshhc.org or phone (805) 781-3088.


Media Contact: communications@pshhc.org, (805) 548-2718

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