Our Town St. Helena
Our Town St. Helena is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. We began working together in 2010 to find ways to provide affordable housing for our community.
St. Helena was no longer affordable for families
As a group of longtime residents, we recognized that St. Helena was no longer affordable for families, for those who worked in our vineyards and retail sector, for first responders, teachers and healthcare workers. The results were measurable—declining school enrollments, retail shops closing, memberships in civic organizations were dwindling. The character and structure of our town were changing.
It became our goal to initiate activity to provide rental units, home ownership and nontraditional housing opportunities for the unskilled, skilled and professional workforces that are vital to the character, safety and wellbeing of our community.
We were losing our small-town character, the reason we all moved here