HSOC Members

Invitation for Applicants to Participate as a Member of the “Homeless Services Oversight Council”
(One Vacant Seat: County Government Service Provider)


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, 1 member, selected from Behavioral Health, Planning and 1 vacancy
  • Non-profit Service Providers, 3 members
  • Local Businesses/Business Organizations, 1 member
  • Law Enforcement, 1 member
  • Local Academic Institution, 1 member
  • Local Health Provider, 1 member
  • Local Faith Community, 1 member
  • Interested Community, 2 members, preferentially with homelessness experience


The application can be obtained by email from Jessica Lorance at jlorance@co.slo.ca.us, and she can be reached (805) 781-1618 for more information.


Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Debbie Arnold, Chair County of San Luis Obispo

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Appointed by City Councils Cities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo
Heidi Harmon City of SLO
Steve Martin City of Paso Robles
Marcia Gunthrie City of Pismo Beach
Charles Bourbeau City of Atascadero
Marlys McPherson City of Morro Bay
Mariam Shah City of Grover Beach
Kristen Barneich City of Arroyo Grande

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Anne Robin County of San Luis Obispo, Dept. of Behavioral Health

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Joe Madsen Transitions Mental Health Association
Aurora William  ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization)
Grace McIntosh  CAPSLO (Community Action Partnership of SLO)

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Scott Smith Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo
Rick Gulino  People’s Self Help Housing

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Jessica Thomas SLO Office of Education

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Clare Battista CalPoly University

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Christina Bearce Highlight Media

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Terra Clayton  Dignity Health

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Deanna Cantrell Chief of Police, City of SLO

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Theresa Scott  CenCal Health

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Danielle Veatch Mountainbrook Abolitionists

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Dee Torres SLO Housing Connection
Janna Nichols 5 Cities Homeless Coalition

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Marianne Kennedy Women’s Shelter Program of SLO

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Bob Ellis  Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo

Member Affiliated Organization(s)
Christopher Johnson  NA

If you are interested in applying for an open position on HSOC please download the Membership Application and return one of the following ways:

via EMAIL to info@slohomeless.com

via FAX to (805) 781-1906

IN PERSON at Dept. of Social Services, 3433 S. Higuera, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, 3rd Floor reception, ATTN: HSOC Admin.

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