Peoples’ Self-Help Housing

The mission of Peoples Self-Help Housing is to provide affordable housing and programs leading to self-sufficiency for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups on California’s Central Coast.

Peoples' Self-Help Housing is a national award-winning non-profit organization that creates affordable housing and self-sufficiency programs on California's Central Coast -- San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

In 1970 in San Luis Obispo, California, a small group including Jeanette Duncan, former Executive Director, and local community leaders were concerned about the lack of affordable housing available to low-income and special needs households. The group learned of a federally sponsored program available to nonprofit sponsors to finance the construction of owner built, low-income housing.  The group incorporated to form Peoples' Self-Help Housing. Since then, the organization has built nearly 1,200 "sweat equity" homes and over 1,700 affordable rental units.

3533 Empleo StreetSan Luis Obispo, CA 93401 


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