Homeless Services Oversight Council

Meeting Calendar

January 2019
HSOC Housing Committee Meeting 2:00 PM
Full HSOC Meeting 1:00 PM
HSOC Homeless Services Coordinating Committee Meeting 9:00 AM
HSOC Finance and Data Committee Meeting 10:00 AM

Point in TIme Count January 28, 2019: 

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that Continuums of Care conduct a bi-annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night.

The Count will take place on the morning of January 28th from 6 a.m. until approximately 10 a.m.  The Count is used with other communities’ data for a national report to Congress on homelessness nationwide.  Locally, it also helps us to better understand what populations of people are out there (e.g. families, veterans, etc.) and how many are unsheltered.  It has also sometimes affected how much homeless assistance funding our community may receive from the State.


We need volunteers to help drive teams and to be a part of the enumeration teams. 


-Coastal enumerators will gather at the Morro Bay Department of Social Services office that morning (January 28) and will receive a training and be assigned an area to count.

-North County enumerators will gather at ECHO in Atascadero that morning (January 28) and will receive a training and be assigned an area to count.

-South County enumerators will gather at Hillside Church in Grover Beach that morning (January 28) and will receive a training and be assigned an area to count.

-SLO enumerators will gather at Prado that morning (January 28) and will receive a training and be assigned an area to count.


People who are currently or formerly homeless are needed as guides.  We would appreciate your help in identifying people who would be reliable and interested in being a guide.  Guides meet at the DSS office at 6 a.m. the morning of the count, receive the training, and go out with enumeration teams.  Guides are eligible for a $15/hour stipend and are paid after they’ve completed counting their assigned areas and have returned their completed paperwork back that morning.


People who would like more information or would like to sign up to be a volunteer can go to this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLO-PIT-2019

HSOC Seeking New Members

(One Vacant Seat: a currently or formerly homeless person.)

The County of San Luis Obispo is inviting interested persons to submit their applications to participate on the countywide advisory committee called the “Homeless Services Oversight Council” (HSOC). The HSOC was created by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on June 23, 2009 and its purpose is to lead, facilitate, and provide oversight for implementation of the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. A copy of the HSOC By-Laws can be obtained from the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder or from the San Luis Obispo County Planning and Building Department. As stated in its By-Laws, the role of the HSOC is as follows:

Role of the HSOC:

•    Provide a planning and policy development forum, with local jurisdiction and public and private service providers actively participating.
•    Compile and monitor data and information regarding the number of homeless persons and service utilization, working with service providers and local jurisdictions
•    Advise service providers of opportunities and best practices to improve access to and strengthen homeless services
•    Advocate for and provide local jurisdictions with recommendations on public funding allocations, based upon local needs and prioritized objectives within the “10-Year Plan to End Homelessness”
•    Work with public and private partners, donors and grant makers to establish financial resources for service implementation, coordination and sustainability.
 The term of appointment is three years.
All applications should be emailed to Jessica Lorance at [email protected]


The CommUNITY Connection (formerly known as M.A.S.H./Stand Down) Events 2018:
If you are interested in being a Service Provider at one or all of the events please fill out a card under our contacts us tab “MASH Providers ONLY”

•    North County Event: October 24, 2018 from 10am-2pm at Estrella Hall at the Paso Robles Event Center


The CommUNITY Connection (formerly known as M.A.S.H./Stand Down) Events 2019:

•    Coast Event: February 25, 2019 from 1pm-4pm at Veterans Hall in Morro Bay

•    SLO Event: May 29, 2019 from 10am-2pm at Veterans Hall in SLO

•    South County Event: August 13, 2019 from 2pm-6pm at Oceano Community Center

•    North County Event: October 30, 2019 from 10am-2pm at Estrella Hall at the Paso Robles Event Center


May 25, 2017- M.A.S.H. -Stand Down Event: http://www.ksby.com/story/35510616/free-services-at-mash-stand-down-event-thursday
Oct. 27, 2016- “http://www.keyt.com/news/slo-county-rallies-to-help-homeless-find-jobs-homes-and-medical-care/133429926,” KCOY
Oct. 21, 2015- “http://www.ksby.com/story/30315942/mash-homeless-outreach-event-being-held-in-the-paso-robles-event-center-wednesday,” KSBY
Nov. 7, 2015- “SLO County homeless program is on track to house the 50 most vulnerable ,” SLO Tribune
Jan. 3, 2015 – “50Now program provides homes for the chronically homeless”, SLO Tribune


Contact Social Services

Child and Adult Hotline Information:

  • If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
  • To report suspected child abuse or neglect call the 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline at (805) 781-KIDS (5437) or toll free 1-800-834-KIDS (5437)
  • To report suspected elder abuse or neglect call the Adult Services Hotline at (805) 781-1790 during regular business hours, or after business hours call (844) 729-8011