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People’s Self-Help Housing College Club Receives $25,000 Investment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Central Coast, CA, January 6, 2023 – People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) has received a visionary grant of $25,000 from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBSF). The funding will benefit Latinx students in the PSHH College Club, which prepares students bound for higher education with resources, mentorship, and scholarships. The application for this funding was sponsored by Pacific Premier Bank, as an organizational member of FHLBSF.

With this new support, PSHH will enhance career pathway guidance provided to Latinx students who are college enrolled and who are preparing to attend college. Students will participate in career aptitude tests as the Gallup Strengths Assessment and the Hollands Code, utilizing outcomes to spark conversations around the strengths, interests, and providing career track focal points for the program. Students will also investigate industry forecast trends and pay ranges. Students already enrolled in college will have access to grant-funded programming that is in line with existing or developing career pathway goals.

“We cannot thank the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco enough for their support of students pursuing their dreams of going to college,” said Joanna Dominguez, PSHH Director of Education. “With this incredible gift, many more students will have a strong foundation for building bright and successful futures through higher education.”

College Club, part of the PSHH education program, prepares students bound for higher education through application assistance, financial aid navigation, career exploration, campus visits, and continuing mentorship. It also helps students enroll in college and obtain their degrees while accruing little to no student debt. The program’s success is found in peer groups, community partnerships, and a strong network of alumni involvement. All services are free and residency at a PSHH property is not required to participate.

Provided through the FHLBSF AHEAD Economic Development Grant Program, which works to ensure that people living in lower-income communities have the infrastructure and resources needed to fully participate in the changing economy. Grant funding is provided to organizations that help low-to-moderate income communities by creating or preserving jobs, delivering job training or education programs, and addressing the special economic development needs of at-risk youth, veterans, persons with disabilities, the formerly incarcerated, and Tribal communities, among others.

To learn more about People’s Self-Help Housing, visit pshhc.org.

About People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH)

With nearly 1,000 units of new housing in its pipeline and founded in 1970, PSHH is the longest-serving nonprofit affordable housing organization on the Central Coast. Our mission of building homes and providing services to strengthen communities and change lives, sees us serving low-income households, families, farmworkers, seniors, and veterans. We also provide welcoming environments for those living with disabilities, youth transitioning out of foster care, and the formerly homeless. Homeownership opportunities through a self-help, “sweat-equity” program have created over 1,200 homes and with a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Monterey counties, PSHH manages over 2,000 rental units, and employs over 200 members of staff. 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) 548-2340

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