People’s Self-Help Housing Receives Generous $8,500 Gift from National Equity Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  Central Coast, CA, March 1, 2021 – People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) has received a generous gift of $8,500 from the National Equity Fund (NEF). This funding will directly support PSHH’s innovative education program: Camino Scholars.

“This gift is representative of the generous support and long-standing relationship we enjoy with NEF.  This practical expression of their commitment to building strong communities will positively impact the educational path being taken by the over 400 students who participate in Camino Scholars.”

NEF is a nonprofit, Chicago-based affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and a leading syndicator of Low Income Housing Tax Credits. They play an integral role in creating affordable housing options, revitalizing communities, and strengthening local economies. NEF investments total more than $16.75 billion in 2,795 LIHTC developments, which created 187,237 affordable homes for low-income families and individuals.

“Education is a key building block for a successful future,” said PSHH Director of Education, Joanna Dominguez, “Thanks to this support from NEF, our Camino Scholars program will continue to provide students of all ages with the tools and resources to not only reach higher education, but to thrive in it.”

Camino Scholars, the education program of People’s Self-Help Housing, serves over 400 students per year at its onsite learning centers. As evidenced by standardized test scores, the Camino Scholars curriculum significantly improves math and literacy skills and sets students on the path to lifelong learning. The program also helps prepare college-bound students for higher education through application assistance, financial aid navigation, career exploration workshops, campus visits, mentorship, and continuing support while enrolled in college. To learn more about Camino Scholars, visit pshhc.org/education.

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

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

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