Homeless Services Center gets unanimous vote from SLO Planning Commission

Dec 11, 2014

Designs for a new Homeless Services Center in San Luis Obispo are moving forward after unanimous approval Wednesday night by the city's Planning Commission.

County Administrative Officer Dan Buckshi told KCBX earlier this year, the 20,000 square foot facility with 150 beds would consolidate two resource centers now serving the homeless. Currently, the population is helped with job counseling, housing referrals, medical needs, and other life services by the Prado Day Center. The facility is adjacent to where the new center is planned.

At night, the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter provides 50 beds for those in need. This facility is across town.

"[The center] will replace the two of them with one center in order to simplify things in order to simplify things, and then also to minimize the impact on the city by having folks have to transport from one end of the city to the other," said Buckshi.

Plans call for the center to be built on Prado Road near Highway 101. Next month the plans will be considered by the city's Architectural Review Commission.