People’s Self-Help Housing Resident Celebrates 101st Birthday


Santa Maria, CA, April 30, 2021 – Clark Bushnell, a long-time People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) resident, marked his 101th birthday this week with a very special celebration.

The sunny afternoon event was hosted in Santa Maria and was attended by People’s Self-Help Housing CEO & President Ken Trigueiro and other key staff. Clark was presented with festive balloons, a chocolate cake, and gift certificates to all his favorite local eateries. Highly admired by fellow residents, several of Clark’s neighbors gathered from afar to sing Happy Birthday and to celebrate his long and happy life. 

“Clark emits a great energy and enthusiasm,” said PSHH Social Worker Dr. Betty Purify. “He is beloved among his neighbors and we are pleased to have been able to celebrate this wonderful milestone.”

Originally hailing from Iowa, Clark later served in the US Navy which after his wartime service saw him settling down in California. After World War II, Clark became a skilled professional in various construction trades. He spent many years as a contractor and floorer, building apartment complexes. In the early 2000s Clark moved into a PSHH residence and lived there since! During the event Clark exclaimed, “I couldn’t be happier to live here, and I hope I can live with People’s Self-Help Housing for many more years to come.”

Among other populations, PSHH provides affordable housing to seniors and individuals living with disabilities. The properties provide a comfortable and friendly atmosphere for residents to thrive. Amenities include accessible laundry facilities, a TV lounge, community center, and onsite compassionate supportive housing services.

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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, email or phone (805) 781-3088.



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