State-of-the-art homeless shelter on the way to SLO

December 8, 2014

CAPSLO CenterThe Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO) is ready to seek regulatory approval for construction of its long-awaited homeless services center that is supposed to be a one-stop shop for San Luis Obispo County’s impoverished residents.

On Wednesday, CAPSLO officials will appear before the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission seeking a use permit for a proposed 150-bed facility to be built on a vacant lot across from the city corporation yard. The homeless center would consolidate the services currently provided at the Maxine Lewis shelter and Prado Day Center at the single location — 40 Prado Road.

CAPSLO’s plans call for a 20,000 square-foot facility that will include a commercial kitchen, dining room, laundry facility, offices, children’s play area, community meeting room and a lounge. The shelter component will consist of up to 70 beds for males and up to 40 for females, as well as an additional 40 beds separated in dormitories for families.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served daily.

CAPSLO case managers will work on site to try to secure permanent housing for homeless clients. CAPSLO has in the past required clients to turn over the majority of their income in order to enter the case management program.CAPSLO Courtyard

The nonprofit’s safe parking program, which allows homeless individuals to sleep in their vehicles at night, will also shift to the 40 Prado Road location. Currently the Prado Day Center, which CAPSLO operates, is the only location where the homeless can legally sleep inside their vehicles at night within the city of San Luis Obispo.

CAPSLO jointly purchased the vacant Prado Road property with the San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (SLORTA). A regional transit center is expected to be built on the lot beside the homeless center.

Prior to construction, CAPSLO must attain approval from multiple advisory bodies, as well as from the San Luis Obispo City Council. The council majority, though, has already endorsed the project and contributed city funds toward its design and construction.

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Maybe there can be a work study program to produce, print and deliver the last news prints in SLO County? The can call it The Tributary.

They won’t be homeless anymore – they’ll have a home, three meals a day, showers, laundry etc. all at taxpayer expense of course. Why work? It will probably be nicer than a lot of apartments around here. Wonder how long it will take students to figure out they can get a free ride here? Forget $700/month for a room – just say you’re homeless and trying to better yourself and you’ve got it made.

Unbelievable. Your Measure G taxes at work

Obviously you have never spent a minute in the existing homeless shelter. The facilities are hardly conducive to students nor are the rules particularly attractive to the type of students that would look at this as a cheap way of living.

Why don’t they use to old boy’s school in Paso to house the homeless? It’s sitting there

empty and has plenty of space. Free bus service could be provided to them so they can

roam around county at will; the busses are nearly empty most of the time. It’d be a heck of a lot cheaper than building a new building.

Sonovabitch! CAPSLO is like a den of freaking vampires–they suck the life and resources out of the community and its homeless population, and they cannot be permanently done away with.

They are absolutely just a tax sucking resource that takes more than they give….look at the salaries the clowns at this non profit make……

I give to the food bank all day. I will not give a dime to cap slo…..oh well the feds and state tax me and do it for me….

Your ignorance and misinformation on this topic is abysmal.

So SLO will be known as having the finest facility for the non producers in the western US. I am sure people will come from far away to use our new facility. Next time the government says we need more taxes for improvements remember this fine building and don’t for get to pay your taxes promptly as the facility will need to be staffed with only the best people that money can buy.

Wait until they start complaining about the noise from the Sunset Theatre and it gets shut down.

70 beds for males and 40 for females. What happens when they start making homeless babies?

The taxpayers lose again!

It will be your fault for not providing the contraception of choice.

What makes you think that this is not already happening away from the shelter or that segregated dorms will make it worse?

No need for the homeless to get a job, everything will be provided for them. Build it and they will come.

THEY are already here!!!

More than 2,000 people sleep on the streets every night in SLO county.

Tip of the iceberg.

Basic rules of supply and demand. Whenever you subsidize something, you get more of it.

So who is subsidizing ignorance here in SLO County, that is so evident here in the comments of CCN ?

There’s more and more of it all the time.

Think about that comment next time you repeat some left-wing propaganda as if it was truth. You are about as guilty of that as many of those you criticize.

Government programs such as this are subsidizing ignorance, drug use, alcoholism, and lack of responsibility.

Bums in this town are bums by choice and behavior. Ask the police, spend time in any dowmtown park and observe.

So we shouldn’t build any more streets in SLO because the homeless will live on them???

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