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Welcome Home Village (WHV) Project approved to house 80 people

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – On Tuesday, May 21, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $7.66 million from three funding sources for affordable housing and homelessness efforts.

“The County of San Luis Obispo is committed to continuing our homelessness response efforts while pursuing new, evidence-based opportunities to prevent and end homelessness,” said George Solis, administrative services manager for the department Homeless services. “By supporting both immediate needs and long-term solutions, we strive to create a more stable and supportive environment for all San Luis Obispo County residents.”

The Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) fund for Pismo Beach aims to support people who are becoming homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by addressing housing-related needs. Awarded by the California Department of Housing and Community Development and administered by the County of San Luis Obispo, $414,190 in PLHA funds were distributed as follows: $363,750 to 5Cities Homeless Coalition for their Emergency Shelter Program and $50,439 for their Rapid Re-Housing and Homeless Prevention Program .

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The Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention (HHAP) program funds efforts to prevent and end homelessness, administered by the California Interagency Council on Homelessness and the County of San Luis Obispo. The $4,652,793 in HHAP funds were allocated as follows: $1,237,137 to 5Cities Homeless Coalition for their Emergency Shelter Program, $615,655 for the Countywide Transitional-Age Youth Program, $1.4 million to Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo for the Prado Homeless Services Center, $1.2 million to the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo for North County Permanent Supportive and Shelter Services, $100,000 to People’s Self-Help Housing for the Calle Joaquin Homekey Project, and $100,000 to Restorative Partners , Inc. for The Path Forward Project.

In addition, $2.6 million in Senate Bill 1090 funds were allocated to People’s Self-Help Housing for the Calle Joaquin Homekey Project, supporting affordable housing in response to the decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

Additional details about these grant allocations and future funding opportunities can be found on the County of San Luis Obispo website at slocounty.gov/HomelessServicesGrants.

The May 21 meeting also approved the Welcome Home Village (WHV) project, consisting of 46 permanent supportive housing units and 34 transitional supportive housing units located at the corner of Johnson and Bishop streets in the City of San Luis Obispo (SLO). ). The project is intended to reduce homelessness along the Bob Jones Trail encampment in SLO and will house 80 people.

Supervisor Dawn Ortiz Legg withdrew from the site because she lived in close proximity to the project site.

Many residents spoke out against the location of the project, but some were still in favor of the project as a whole.

Due to funding requirements, the project can only be done on county-owned sites near the Bob Jones Trail. The chosen location on the corner of Bisschop and

Johnson was considered ideal for the county due to its proximity to the San Luis Obispo County Health Agency Campus.

“I will not be supporting this project today,” said Supervisor Debbie Arnold. “I understand the need for this.”

She said the project is being rushed and the proposed area is already too dense.

The Welcome Home Village project was approved by a 3-1 vote, with Arnold dissenting.

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