FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Central Coast, CA, June 6, 2022 – People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) Project Manager Dalia Flores was selected as a participant in the 2022 rural cohort for the Housing Development Training Institute (HDTI) through the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Los Angeles sponsored by Merritt Community Capital.
Comprised of 50 participants from across the state, the HDTI cohort have begun a year-long program where they will receive intensive skill training and mentorship to advance as leaders in the affordable housing industry.
“The LISC HDTI program is a crucial development training program and it’s wonderful to see that Merritt’s investment has created a rural cohort.” said Veronica Garcia, the PSHH Chief Real Estate Development Officer. “We look forward to seeing all of what Dalia Flores will accomplish in the years ahead to build housing solutions, especially in rural communities throughout the Central Coast.”
The primary goals of the HDTI are increasing the development capacity of community-based nonprofit development organizations, like PSHH, and increasing the supply of affordable housing throughout the state. Participants graduate with a network of affordable housing professionals to provide peer support throughout their careers.
Over 30 years ago, LISC launched the HDTI to respond to the lack of affordable housing training available and has since prepared over 500 hundred graduates representing 100 community development organizations, who are changing the affordable housing landscape throughout the state. Core to HDTI’s mission is to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion within the affordable housing industry.
The program is hosted by LISC LA, which serves as one of 38 offices of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a national nonprofit organization supporting community development in cities and rural areas throughout the country. They serve as an intermediary, building bridges between local nonprofit partners and the resources they need to transform underserved neighborhoods into thriving communities of opportunity and choice.
To learn more about People’s Self-Help Housing, visit pshhc.org. To learn more about LISC LA, visit lisc.org/los-angeles.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (805) 781-3088.
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