Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Announces Retirement of Longest-Serving Staff Member
Earlier this month, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) saw the retirement of Senior Project Manager Mark Wilson, a pioneer of the ‘working from home model’ and dedicated employee who has provided support and service to the organization for more than 28 years.
“Our veteran team member is now heading to a richly deserved retirement, but as is so characteristic of Mark, he will only be down tooling for a short period,” says PSHH President & CEO John Fowler. “After a well-earned summer off, in the fall he will take on a new role with us as a consultant. Although only working part-time so he can enjoy more of his beloved outdoor pursuits, knowing Mark, he will still be fully committed to the building of affordable homes!”
Wilson, a California native, keen athlete, and a Certified Public Accountant, started his career in San Francisco and on joining PSHH in 1991, worked initially in rental and commercial real estate operations. He guided the organization as one of the first users of state and federal low-income housing tax credits (LITHC), and helped to establish the Multi-Family Housing Development Department. Over his career, he has handled the syndication and placements for seventeen tax credit developments and his knowledge and expertise enabled PSHH to use nonprofit bond financing programs
A little over a decade ago, Mark began telecommuting from British Columbia in Canada, but still carried a full portfolio of projects, returning quarterly to personally connect and to visit his active job sites. Despite his well-earned retirement, his legacy will live on thanks to his almost three decades of commitment and dedication, in the over 5,000 people a day who call a PSHH house, home.
Founded in 1970, PSHH is the longest-serving nonprofit housing organization on California’s Central Coast. With a mission to build affordable homes with site-based services that offer opportunities to change lives and strengthen communities, PSHH serves low-income households, working families, seniors, 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, Monterey and Ventura counties, manages nearly 2,000 rental units, and employs over 200 staff members. For more information, visit pshhc.org, email [email protected] or phone (805) 781-3088.