As part of implementing the County of San Luis Obispo’s Countywide Plan to Address Homelessness, approved by the Board of Supervisors August 9, 2022, the Homeless Services Division is being established within the Department of Social Services. Part of this effort includes transferring the Housing Section from Planning and Building into the newly formed Division.

Please visit: https://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Social-Services/Homeless-Services.aspx for updates pertaining to the 2023 Action Plan and other Housing Section information.


The Department of Planning & Building's Housing and Economic Development Section is dedicated to creating affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income households through the administration of grant programs and various housing-related plans & policies.

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Funding Sources

The Housing team administers a variety of funding sources to support affordable housing construction and rehabilitation, public services, homeless services, public facility improvements, and other economic and community development projects that benefit residents throughout the community. Funding sources include local funds and federal grants.

Local Funds

Local funds are collected and distributed according to the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (Title 29) and General Funds support from the Board of Supervisors.

State Grants

Permanent Local Housing Allocation

Senate Bill 2 established the PLHA and authorized the California Department of Housing and Community Development to fund local governments for eligible housing and homeless activities. The primary goal of the PLHA program is to create a permanent source of funding available to eligible local governments in California for housing-related projects and programs that address the unmet housing needs of local communities.

Federal Grants

The County of San Luis Obispo receives entitlement funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development each year to support community-based projects that provide social services, affordable housing, and public facilities to benefit low- and moderately low-income households and individuals and to those experiencing homelessness or who are at-risk of becoming homeless.

Community Development Block Grant Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

Emergency Solutions Grant Program

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program provides funding to subrecipients that assist persons who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Eligible uses of ESG funding include outreach to homeless persons, emergency shelter services, homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, data collection through the Homeless Management Information System (often referred to as HMIS), and general administration of the ESG program.

HOME Investment Partnership Program

The HOME program provides formula grants to states and communities that are used - often in partnership with local nonprofit groups - to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership, or providing direct rental assistance to low-income households.


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