Casa de Las Flores

Carpinteria, CA   
Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Corporation

“The Casa de las Flores project transformed a dilapidated camper trailers site where families lived in substandard conditions, with high quality permanent residences that boast mountain views with easy access to public transportation and nearby Carpinteria State Beach.” —PSHHC

Year Completed/Renovated: 2015

Number of Units: 43

Residents: low income families and individuals

Project Cost: $17,000,000

General Contractor: Peoples’ Self-Help Housing

Financial Partners: JPMorgan Chase Bank, Housing Trust of Santa Barbara County, City of Capinteria, and County of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County Community Foundation, NeighborWorks of America, National Equity Fund, California Community Reinvestment Coalition

Casa de las Flores, located in a high cost area of the central coast, was the culmination of a two-phased approach to correcting health, safety, and code compliance violations at a site previously operated by a neglectful owner. It now provides 43 units for families and individuals, some of whom were former homeless. Peoples’ Self Help Housing collaborated with foundations, churches, local businesses, and other supporters in the Santa Barbara County area. “Flores,” the Spanish name for flowers, is representative of the local economically critical flower growing industry, in which many of the residents are employed. The property features 3,500 square feet of common space, including a classroom and computer lab, where PSHH provides a credentialed teacher on site to administer an after school Youth Education Enhancement Program. Additional onsite amenities include walking paths, a basketball court, benches, picnic tables, and a tot-lot playground.