Housing Plans & Policies

Housing Element

The Housing Element is one of seven required elements of the County's General Plan. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the provision of needed housing in the context of the Land Use Element of the General Plan and related ordinances. Its secondary purpose is to meet the requirements of state law and achieve certification by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which in turn will help the County qualify for certain funding programs offered by the State. The State now requires an update to the Housing Element every eight years.

Consolidated Plan & Action Plans

Every five years, the Urban County of San Luis Obispo (comprised of the county of San Luis Obispo and the cities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo) prepares a five-year strategic plan called the Consolidated Plan. The purpose of the Consolidated Plan is to identify affordable housing and community needs faced by the Urban County which may be addressed by investing federal funds, including the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME), and the Emergency Solutions Grant program (ESG). Each year, using the consolidated plan as a guiding document, the Urban County creates annual action plans listing specific eligible projects recommended to receive federal funding. The 2017-2018 Applications are due October 20, 2017.

The 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

The 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness and its appendices are a result of collaboration between the County, cities, agencies, and individuals throughout San Luis Obispo County to improve the County's approach to homelessness. The 2015 Homeless Point-in-Time Census & Survey Comprehensive Report provides a snapshot of the County's homeless population. The report is updated every 2 years.

One of the collaborating agencies is the Homeless Services Oversight Council (HSOC), an advisory committee created by the County of San Luis Obispo. The committee consists of twenty-seven members including a representative from each city council and the Board of Supervisors, County government service providers, non-profit service providers, affordable housing developers, local businesses, law enforcement, academic institutions, a local health provider, the faith community, a homeless or formerly homeless person, and interested community members.

Fair Housing Program

Federal and state laws provide that it is unlawful “to discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith, because of race, color, religion, sex, marital statues, handicap, national origin or ancestry.” The County of San Luis Obispo, in coordination with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), strives to reduce housing discrimination in the housing rental, sales, lending, and insurance markets in compliance with the Fair Housing Act.

Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance is one of several tools used by the County to produce housing that is more affordable for average wage earners. This user guide provides a brief summary of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.

The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance has not yet been approved by the Coastal Commission. As such, the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance only applies to the inland portions of the County. The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance can be found in Title 22 (Section 22.12.080) and Title 29 - Affordable Housing Fund.

The Implementation Guidelines Manual provides sample projects, fee calculations, and fee schedules. It also provides standards for income verification, monitoring of rental and ownership units, and unit resale.


Housing Informational Documents
Housing Plans
User Guide to Inclusionary Housing

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some highlights of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance?
  • Applicability: Residential projects with two ore more units, or commercial projects of 5,000 square-feet or more in size.
  • Exemptions: Single family dwellings on existing lots, public facilities & churches, secondary dwellings.
  • Options: Build affordable housing units, or pay a fee, or donate land.
  • Incentives: One bonus unit for each affordable housing unit, and lower requirements if the project includes on-site affordable housing.
What can I do if I have a dispute with my tenant/landlord?
Contacts for Tenant/Landlord Disputes
Agency Telephone Notes
California Rural Legal Assistance (805) 544-7994 Assistance for low-income households
SLO County District Attorney (805) 781-5856 Can help with getting a tenant's deposit back
SLO Solutions (805) 549-0442 Free mediation service
State Department of Consumer Affairs (805) 549-0442 Serving California's consumers
What can I do if I have been discriminated against by my landlord or real estate agent?

The Rental Clinic is available to all county residents and is located in the Superior Court buildings in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. For the date and time of the nearest Rental Clinic, call California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) at (805) 544-7997.

Low or very low income residents should contact:

  • California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) - (805) 544-7994

Moderate income residents should contact:

  • California Fair Employment and Housing Department (Ventura) - (800) 884-1684
  • United States - Housing & Urban Development - Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity (Los Angeles) - (213) 894-8000

Senior citizens should contact:

  • Senior Legal Services - (805) 543-5140
  • Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens - (805) 928-2552 or (800) 510-2020 (Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties only)