Executive Summary

In January 2008, cities, agencies and groups throughout San Luis Obispo County began an important journey aimed at improving the County’s approach to homelessness.  The need for change was broadly recognized as homelessness in the county continued to grow. More individuals and families were losing their housing; community members were increasingly frustrated by the effects of homelessness in their neighborhoods, city centers and public parks; homeless programs were struggling to meet the growing need with dwindling resources and local leaders were searching for solutions that were both effective and affordable.

Path to Home – San Luis Obispo Countywide 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness

The purpose of San Luis Obispo County Homeless Services Oversight Council (HSOC) is to ensure that everyone has access to appropriate and affordable housing and to services they need to sustain it.  HSOC identifies the following priorities to end homelessness:

  1. Facilitate access to affordable housing
  2. Stop homelessness before it starts through prevention and effective intervention
  3. End and prevent homelessness through integrated, comprehensive and responsive support services
  4. Coordinate a solid administrative & financial structure to support an effective implementation plan

Download the San Luis Obispo County 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness

Invitation for Applicants to Participate as a Member of the “Homeless Services Oversight Council”
(Seven Vacant Seats: County Government Service Provider, Non-profit service provider, Local K-12 Academic Institution, local hospital, local health provider, local faith community, interested community member)


The County of San Luis Obispo is inviting interested persons to submit their applications to participate on the countywide advisory committee called the “Homeless Services Oversight Council” (HSOC). The HSOC was created by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on June 23, 2009 and its purpose is to lead, facilitate, and provide oversight for implementation of the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. A copy of the HSOC By-Laws can be obtained from the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder or from the San Luis Obispo County Planning and Building Department. As stated in its By-Laws, the role of the HSOC is as follows:


Role of the HSOC:

  • Provide a planning and policy development forum, with local jurisdiction and public and private service providers actively participating.
  • Compile and monitor data and information regarding the number of homeless persons and service utilization, working with service providers and local jurisdictions
  • Advise service providers of opportunities and best practices to improve access to and strengthen homeless services
  • Advocate for and provide local jurisdictions with recommendations on public funding allocations, based upon local needs and prioritized objectives within the “10-Year Plan to End Homelessness”
  • Work with public and private partners, donors and grant makers to establish financial resources for service implementation, coordination and sustainability.


The term of appointment is three years.  Membership is provided as follows:

  • County Board of Supervisors, 1 member
  • City Council Members, 7 members, one from each municipality
  • County Government Service Providers, 2 members, selected from Behavioral Health, Planning, Social Services, Veterans Services, Probation
  • Non-profit Service Providers, 2 regional members with 1 vacancy
  • Local Businesses/Business Organizations, 1 member
  • Law Enforcement, 1 member
  • Local Academic Institution, 1 member
  • Local Health Provider, Vacant
  • Local Faith Community, Vacant
  • Interested Community, 2 members, preferentially with homelessness experience


All applications should be emailed to Jessica Lorance at jlorance@co.slo.ca.us

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