Community development is critical in any approach that desires success and self-sustainability. There is renewed interest in "teaching a man to fish" rather than food hand-outs, particularly with the publication of books like Toxic Charity and When Helping Hurts.
PHH now offers microloans and vocational training, primarily at its Borel Campus. Recent classes were held in bicycle repair and woodworking, giving individuals the skills, abilities, and tools to open their own businesses. With the formation of savings groups, and classes on budgeting, community members are learning financial skills that can improve their quality of life.
Additional areas of development through partnership and affiliate agreements include residential water filters and building low cost homes using a Habitat for Humanity model.