California COVID-19 Rent Relief will help income-eligible households pay rent and utilities, both for arrears and future payment. The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 provides funding to support the program and tenant protection laws signed by Governor Newsom. California COVID-19 Rent Relief
Warming Centers in SLO County
Warming centers depend on volunteers to help staff the centers and several warming centers around the county are seeking volunteers to help provide a warm, dry place for people who are homeless.
The Warming Centers may be activated on future dates, depending on weather conditions. Call 211 for current information on Warming Centers throughout San Luis Obispo County. Warming Center activity is updated in the 211 database. Those in need can receive updates by calling 211 and texting their zip code to 898211. You can also receive the opening schedule for all four centers immediately by texting "SLOCountyWarm" to 211211.
People who are homeless or imminently homeless in San Luis Obispo County may go to any of three Coordinated Entry locations for a preliminary assessment and referral to available services resources. The Coordinated Entry locations are:
El Camino Homeless Organization
6370 Atascadero Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422
A public meal program is served everyday from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Public showers are also available M-W-F from 4:00pm-6:00pm.
1134 Black Oak Dr, Paso Robles, CA 93446
The new facility, named First Step Homeless Services Center, will be complete with 36 beds for individual and family sleeping areas, a dining room and full kitchen, restrooms and shower facilities, a gathering area, a laundry room and staff offices.
Prado Center – operated by the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo
40 Prado Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-544-4004 x 100
Hours: 8:30am - 3pm (day); Overnight check in: 4:40pm - 6pm
Until further notice, all services are open to in-county residents only, with valid photo ID. All programs provided at 40 Prado are currently operating, including Recuperative Care, SLO-HUB for co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues, case management, laundry, showers, three meals a day, and safe parking.
For up to date information, please email [email protected] or call 805-544-4004 ext 100.
5Cities Homeless Coalition (5CHC)
Office Closed To Walk-In Service
5CHC is currently open to telephone calls for assistance, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., please dial 805-574-1638. Additionally those seeking assistance may email 5CHC at [email protected]. 5CHC's office is closed to the public, except for those clients who already receive mail through 5CHC. 5CHC is working to provide support with rental and deposit assistance for those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness throughout San Luis Obispo County. In order to provide rental or deposit assistance, 5CHC is required to review all necessary documentation (as detailed below). Prior to requesting assistance, please gather all necessary documentation, which will assist 5CHC in expediting your request for support. For anyone unable to provide the requested documentation, contact 5CHC for guidance regarding other community resources that may be available. Additionally, 5CHC provides services, support for immediate needs, and case management for those who are homeless and living in South County. Please note, there is no emergency shelter available in South County other than a winter warming center that opens only on cold and rainy nights (November to March).
Documents needed for requests with housing assistance (rent, deposit, etc.)
- Photo Identification for ALL adults in household
- Social Security for ALL in household
- Birth Certificate for ALL Minors in Household
- Income for Verification for all Adults in Household (Most recent 3 consecutive months)
- Employment - Pay Stubs
- Social Security Benefits – Survivor, Disability, Retirement Award Letter
- DSS Cash Aid/General Assistance – Award Letter
- Child/Spousal Support
- State Unemployment
- State Disability
- Worker’s Compensation
- Letter from Employer Re Lay-Off Due to COVID (if applicable)
- Rental Agreement – sublet and room rentals do not qualify
- 3 Day Pay or Quit Notice (if for homeless prevention)
- Eviction Notice (If applicable)
- Bank Statements for prior 3 months
Locations are accessible to persons with disabilities. Coordinated Entry sites seek to welcome all people and do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion or creed, or national origin.
Coordinated Entry provides a standardized intake assessment and referrals to ensure a more consistent and streamlined experience for people seeking homeless assistance services. At initial intake, persons receive a triage assessment and are given services referrals.