People’s Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH) efforts to support low-income students in their dreams of higher education recently received an inspiring boost from the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County. A generous $20,000 gift will support a third year of CELEBRE, an education program which empowers Hispanic women and girls.

“We cannot thank the Community Foundation enough for their support of students pursuing their dreams of going to college,” said Joanna Dominguez, PSHH Director of Education. “With this incredible gift, young Latinas will have a strong foundation for building bright and successful futures.”

CELEBRE – College Enrollment for Latinas Entering Bright Rewarding Education – is an extension of College Club, a site-based with full-time advisors working with students to equip them with the skills and knowledge to enter higher education. In addition to support through workshops and assistance with applications for admission and financial aid, CELEBRE delves deeper to help Latinas overcome gender inequities and stereotypes that may prevent them from succeeding.

The Community Foundation grant was provided through the Women’s Legacy Fund which was established in 2003 to strengthen women and girls’ physical, emotional, intellectual, and financial well-being. Since inception, the Fund has provided more than $300,000 in support of a broad spectrum of issues affecting women and girls in San Luis Obispo County, from basic needs and education to physical and mental health.

To learn more about CELEBRE, visit

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 or phone (805) 781-3088.