People’s Self-Help Housing Completes Renovations at Santa Barbara Historic Home

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People’s Self-Help Housing Completes Renovations at Santa Barbara Historic Home
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Source: PSHH

People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) has opened a new affordable housing property for formerly homeless women in Santa Barbara: Heath House. The historic building which previously served as a hospice for AIDS patients, had fallen into extensive disrepair.  The building was purchased by PSHH in 2020 and led to the opportunity for the organization to restore and extensively rehabilitate the cherished community landmark. 

“We feel privileged to provide this special place for women coming out of homelessness,” said Rick Gulino, Director of Neighborhood Development & Residential Services “Heath House is truly one-of-a-kind and we are excited to be welcoming residents home at last.”

The two-story, 2,500 square-foot Heath House has seven bedrooms, five-bathrooms, multiple common areas, and a shared kitchen and dining room. Building on the considerable success of its programming at the nearby Victoria Hotel, and in Ventura the historic El Patio Hotel, PSHH will additionally offer onsite supportive services to all its residents.  

To learn more about the sensitive restoration of the property, readers can see the results of the ten-month project at Property Promo.


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 [email protected] or phone (805) 781-3088.

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