USDA Deputy Administrator Celebrates National Homeownership Month at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing VIP Volunteer Day

July 12, 2017
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SAN MIGUEL — To Celebrate National Home Ownership Month, Joyce Allen, Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Single Family Housing loan and grant programs joined Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH) on their VIP Volunteer Day held June 21 at 11th and N Streets in San Miguel.

PSHH is overseeing 24 low-income households building their homes at the site in San Miguel. On VIP Volunteer Day, owner-builders were joined by Ron Tackett, California’s Housing Program Manager, elected officials, as well as PSHH staff and board members who helped build that morning.

USDA provided the construction and mortgage loans for these 24 home builders, as well as many other homes in other rural communities across the country.

“It was great for Joyce to get a hands-on experience with our owner-builder program that the USDA has supported since the 1970s,” said John Fowler, PSHH President and CEO. “I’m appreciative of our volunteers, board members and staff who came together on VIP Volunteer Day to help make homeownership a reality for local families.”

The hardworking families perform more than 65 percent of the tasks to construct their homes. Their sweat-equity serves as their down payment and reduces the cost of their homes. The work is done mostly on the weekends and spans a 14-month building period. Two years ago, USDA celebrated their 50-year anniversary of their rural home program, which has financed more than 50,000 homes nationwide.

About PSHH: Founded in 1970, PSHH is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, such as seniors, veterans, the disabled, and the formerly homeless. With nearly 1,200 self-help homes completed and nearly 1,800 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. For more information about Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, visit www.pshhc.org, email communications@pshhc.org or call (805) 781-3088.

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