People’s Self-Help Housing announces Community Independence Initiative

People’s Self-Help Housing announces Community Independence Initiative
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Source: PSHH

Alejandra Mahoney has been selected to serve as the new Director of Special Programs for People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH), where she will lead the nonprofit’s new Community Independence Initiative (CII).

“We are extremely excited to be launching the Community Independence Initiative here on the Central Coast,” said Mahoney. “Community members will be joining a national movement which is putting families first and placing them in the driver’s seat of their own lives.”

The CII is a one-year pilot program unlike anything previously offered in the region. It will offer participants the opportunity to work together to find opportunities for growth within their community and within their families. The program is participant led, with all group members paid monthly for their input, and with resulting data enriching future cycles.

As the new Director of Special Programs, Alejandra will focus her efforts on launching this first round of the Community Independence Initiative. Originally joining PSHH in 2006 as an Education Enhancement Program Educator, Alejandra eventually became the Director of Education in 2018. In this capacity she oversaw the development and administration of the organization’s K-8 after-school and College Club programs offered at onsite learning centers. Alejandra also brings extensive experience from her time at the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Fitzgerald Community School, and Santa Barbara County Office of Education. Since then, she has guided education initiatives across the Central Coast, serving as a board member for The Fund for Santa Barbara, an ambassador for Allan Hancock Community College, founding board member of Central Coast Future Leaders, and a graduate of Leadership Santa Maria Valley.

The Community Independence Initiative is currently recruiting for participants. To get involved or learn more, call (805) 627-8231 or email [email protected]

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

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