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Groundbreaking held for new SLO homeless center

Shoveling in new opportunities for homeless people – the San Luis Obispo County Community Action Partners broke ground on a new facility to help the homeless Wednesday morning.

This new building will host job training, drug and alcohol rehab, daycare, and many other services to help homeless people get back on their feet. Previously, the homeless community would have to bounce between the Prado Day Center and the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter to access these services.

Now all of the SLO County homeless services be housed under one roof, making it an exciting time for homeless people like Todd Luton.

“The Prado Day Center is great – this [new facility] is going to be even better; it’s a place where you can go and keep your stuff, you can get something to eat, you can shower and that’s the biggest thing when you’re homeless is trying to have all your stuff,” Luton explains.

The SLO County Community Action Partners hope this facility will help people like Todd become more self sufficient by creating new programs for them that will utilize the space they didn’t have before.

“We have a large kitchen where we will be able to do some training for folks who want to get into the food industry and we have our offices for our case managers, working on individualized plans for each of the homeless to set their goals and achieve their goals,” says Biz Steinberg, CEO of Community Action Partners in SLO (CAPSLO).

City of San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx says about 70% of the homeless people in SLO county are actually from the area and have just come across some hard times. She believes there is a large concentration of homeless people in San Luis Obispo because a majority of the county’s facilities to help them are located in the city.

“The vast majority of people who are homeless in this county are just really vulnerable and down on their luck so that’s a population that this facility is going to serve,” Mayor Marx tells us.

Todd Luton believes this new facility will help a lot of people like himself, saying: “Now you have that [Prado Day Center] facility but it’s very constrained – it doesn’t have all the facilities that you really need and certainly this will.”

The bidding for construction companies on this project will begin next month. CAPSLO hope to have the building open by this time next year.

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