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Self-Help Enterprises

P.O. Box 6520
8445 W. Elowin
Visalia, CA 93290

Contact: Michael Lane, Management Analyst
Phone: (559)651-1000
Fax: (559)651-3634
Self-Help Enterprises

Self-Help Enterprises (SHE) is a nonprofit housing and community development organization that improves the lives of low-income residents in the San Joaquin Valley through housing and related programs and services. SHE is the oldest and largest nonprofit self-help housing organization in the United States and has worked with more than 7,000 families in eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley, helping them realize the dream of homeownership.


Client Population

Self-Help Enterprises provides services to eight counties throughout the state of California. Seventy-percent of the communities served are rural and 30% are in minor urban areas (those with less than 100,000 people). Self-Help Enterprises is recognized nationally as a highly successful organization that has made the dream of homeownership a reality for low-income and minority families. In fact, all of SHE’s clients live in households with an income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. In addition, 90% of SHE’s borrowers are Latino, 5% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 2% are African-American, and 3% are Caucasian.


Since its inception, SHE has completed 5,703 new homes, rehabilitated 5,719 homes, weatherized 39,207 homes, and 25,037 sewer and water connections. The Community Development staff of SHE works with many rural, low-income communities to help resolve issues with the water and wastewater systems.


Self-Help Enterprises
Two families, Aidor and Nangkeo Saesee and Olga Maldonado and her son Aaron, received USDA self-help loans to build their homes. They were recognized at the event that took place on the west steps of the state capitol in Sacramento, California on June 16th. Through the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program, USDA provided technical assistance grants and SHE, in turn, acquired and developed land in rural areas and supervised these families as they constructed their own homes. Full Story

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