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Our Mission

Self-Help Enterprises is a nationally recognized community development organization whose mission is to work together with low-income families to build and sustain healthy homes and communities. Since 1965, Self-Help Enterprises’ efforts have touched the lives of over 55,000 families.






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Service Area

Self-Help Enterprises’ service area is comprised of eight counties – Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus and Tulare County – in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, the world’s most productive agricultural area.

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Though known as a top agricultural production region, the San Joaquin Valley has among the highest poverty rates in the State of California with many rural, unincorporated communities lacking adequate housing, water and sewer services. In particular, the people who provide the source of labor for the agricultural fields can find little except substandard housing in existing stock, and have insufficient incomes to qualify for standard new home loans.

Through our programs, staff works with cities, counties and residents to help meet the needs of our participants and the communities they call home.

California’s San Joaquin Valley….

  • Population at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census was 3, 971,659
  • Is larger in area than ten states
  • Produces more than 250 unique crops
  • Has the lowest life expectancy for all major racial and ethnic groups than in any other region in the state*
  • Residents have median personal earnings of only $23,000, about $7,000 lower than the earnings of the typical Californian*

*Information from ‘A Portrait of California’






Our Impact

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Our Staff & Board






Our Partners

AWI Management Corporation
USDA RD
US Deptment Of Labor-Seal
Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Neighborworks America
National Rural Housing Coalition

Housing California - new logo

Housing Assistance Council
Family HealthCare Network
Community Services Employment Traning
CA Dept of Housing & Community Development

CA Coalition for Rural Housing - new logo

Rural LISC






Career Opportunities

Self-Help Enterprises offers an exciting work environment where you can bring your high caliber skills to a true career opportunity and impact the world around you.

Our team consists of dedicated individuals from a variety of professional and technical backgrounds: real estate brokers and agents, licensed contractors, financial and land development experts, management specialists, information technology, accounting and clerical all joined with a shared mission of working with families to build and sustain healthy homes and communities.

We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an excellent benefits package including paid vacation and holidays, health, life and disability insurance, 401(k) retirement, and tuition reimbursement.

People are counting on us.