People’s Self-Help Housing Wins Grant from Carpinteria’s Community Development Block Grant Program | Good for Santa Barbara


Posted on June 27, 2022
| 4:14 p.m.

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The $7,723 grant will benefit Camino Fellows, People’s Self-Help Housing Education Program. (Courtesy picture)

People’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH) received a $7,723 grant from the City of Carpinteria through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The funding will benefit PSHH’s Camino Scholars educational program, hosted on-site at the Dahlia Court Apartments in Carpinteria.

Camino Scholars, PSHH’s nationally recognized educational program, served hundreds of students last year in an in-person format with a blended learning program option. During this time, students showed marked gains in their reading skills and progress in math, in some cases improving by more than 60%.

Students benefited from small learning cohorts, supported by personalized in-person instruction based on their individual needs, at specially developed academic support centers, said Joanna Dominguez, director of education.

“Thank you to the City of Carpinteria and their commitment to serving local students,” said Dominguez. “With this donation, the Camino Scholars program will continue to provide students of all ages with the tools and resources to not only access higher education, but to thrive there.”

Camino Scholars serves some 500 students a year at its 11 on-site learning centers. As evidenced by standardized test results, the program significantly improves math and literacy skills and accompanies students on the path to lifelong learning.

The program also helps prepare high school and college students with specialized tutoring, college application assistance, financial aid navigation, career exploration workshops, college campus tours, and mentoring.

The CDBG program supports community development activities to build stronger, more resilient communities. Activities may relate to infrastructure, economic development projects, installation of public facilities, community centres, rehabilitation of housing, public services, demining/acquisition, assistance to micro-enterprises, code enforcement and owner assistance.

Funds are awarded by California municipalities and counties. To learn more about People’s Self-Help Housing and Camino Scholars, visit


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