Peoples’ Self-Help Housing cut the ribbon on its 45th affordable project, Casas de las Flores, on Oct. 15 during a ceremony celebrating completion of the long-awaited, 43-unit complex at 4096 Via Real.
Over 130 supporters, staff members and residents attended the grand opening of Casas de las Flores, which was built on the former site of the Carpinteria Camper Park. PSHH purchased the extremely blighted camper park from an absentee landlord 12 years ago and successfully moved 80 households, who lived there in very poor conditions, into PSHH properties and other housing elsewhere.
Speakers at the grand opening included a resident who lived at the Carpinteria Camper Park for over 20 years and is now living happily at nearby PSHH housing. A resident family also shared about how much PSHH’s after school youth education program has helped their two daughters succeed in school and finish their homework every day. Father Richard Martini from St. Joseph’s Church performed a blessing during Thursday’s ceremony.
PSHH held a lottery drawing earlier this year as part of its resident selection process for the all-new development. There were more applications for the housing than apartments available. In addition to 43 beautiful apartments, Casas de las Flores includes a community building with the Ridley-Tree Community Kitchen, community room, offices, clinic space, and youth education and computer room. The complex also has a tot lot playground, half basketball court, walking paths and new laundry facilities.