The Welcome Home Project development and on-site services through June 2026 are covered by an Encampment Resolution Fund award of $13,361,999.19 from the California Interagency Council on Homelessness. The County of San Luis Obispo was announced as a recipient of the encampment resolution grant on June 14, 2023, and the funding was officially accepted by the County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors on July 17, 2023.
The objective of the Encampment Resolution Fund is to resolve encampments of critical concern throughout California and transition the individuals living in those encampments to safe and stable housing. The Bob Jones Bike Trail encampment corridor was proposed by the County as a resolution candidate due to the following reasons:
- Health and safety concerns for the inhabitants
- The risks of unmitigated fires and floods to inhabitants and neighbors
- Environmental hazards in a fragile riparian area
- A chronically large volume of emergency incident calls related to the encampment corridor and its inhabitants
The County of San Luis Obispo was ultimately awarded the encampment resolution grant among a highly competitive group of proposals due to the application's financial and temporal prudency, the use of evidence-based strategies to transition chronically unhoused to more healthful interim housing, and well-articulated plan to provide people with long-term and stable housing solutions.
Below is a chart demonstrating the breakdown of how the $13,361,999.19 in State funds will be used:
After June 2026, there will be an estimated ongoing annual cost of $1,854,699. These costs are primarily attributed to operational costs of the Welcome Home Village (estimated $1,364,330 per year), outreach services (estimated $158,404 per year), and administration costs (estimated $331,965 per year). County staff are currently analyzing a variety of known and potential future funding sources to ensure that this project is sufficiently supported into FY 2027-28 and beyond.