Founder of Peoples’ Self-Help Housing announces retirement

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comApril 4, 2014 

Forty-three years after she founded Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, Jeanette Duncan has retired as the organization’s president and CEO, the organization and The Duncan Group announced Friday.

She will be succeeded by John Fowler, previously the organization’s chief financial officer and executive vice president.

Working with community volunteers and church members, Duncan founded the nonprofit organization in 1970 to develop affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households in San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The nonprofit also seeks home ownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, including seniors, the disabled and homeless.

Fowler worked for six years at Mid-State Bank before joining the housing nonprofit, developing a $10 million construction/development division. He also managed the restorations of Mission San Miguel Archangel and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. As a volunteer, he directed a fundraising campaign to build a $10 million addition to Mission Prep high school in San Luis Obispo.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast.

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