Central Coast, CA, December 17, 2020 – During the era of distance learning, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) is taking the opportunity to enhance and expand the education program at their Santa Maria property Los Adobes de Maria II. The property’s onsite Learning Center is currently undergoing an expansive renovation and has expanded its education programming with additional services to support students during distance learning.
“As students across the country are struggling with the transition to distance learning, we are doing everything we can to support our students and ease the burden on parents,” said Alejandra Mahoney, who has led PSHH’s sizable educational programs expansion over the past decade. “We hope to continue expanding the scope and capacity of our Learning Centers to meet this new need, ” added Joanna Dominguez, incoming Director of Education for PSHH.
The Learning Center renovations were made possible by a generous Community Development Block Grant by the City of Santa Maria. This $245,000 grant is allowing PSHH to upgrade the building’s interior flooring, lighting, cabinets, appliances, and restrooms, as well as make timely repairs on the exterior. The grant will also cover the cost of a new play structure for the Learning Center for students to enjoy when they are back in the classroom. The renovation is estimated to be complete in early 2021.
In addition to these important renovations, PSHH will also be opening a brand-new Academic Success Center, which will provide individualized support for students as they participate in virtual learning with their school. Educators are available throughout the school day providing technology assistance, homework support, and coordination with local school districts.
About Peoples’ 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, farmworkers, veterans, 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 nearly 2,000 rental units, and employs over 200 staff members. For more information, visit pshhc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (805) 781-3088.
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