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.


MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Debbie ArnoldCounty of San Luis Obispo

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Appointed by City CouncilsCities of Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo
Heidi HarmonCity of SLO
Steve MartinCity of Paso Robles
Marcia GunthrieCity of Pismo Beach
Charles BourbeauCity of Atascadero
Marlys McPhersonCity of Morro Bay
Mariam ShahCity of Grover Beach
Kristen BarneichCity of Arroyo Grande

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Devin Drake County of San Luis Obispo, Dept. of Social Services
Anne RobinCounty of San Luis Obispo, Dept. of Behavioral Health

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Joe MadsenTransitions Mental Health Association
Aurora William ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization)
Grace McIntosh CAPSLO (Community Action Partnership of SLO)

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Scott SmithHousing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo
Rick Gulino People’s Self Help Housing

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Jessica ThomasSLO Office of Education

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Clare BattistaCalPoly University

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Christina BearceHighlight Media

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Terra Clayton Dignity Health

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Deanna CantrellChief of Police, City of SLO

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Theresa Scott CenCal Health

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Danielle VeatchMountainbrook Abolitionists

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Dee TorresSLO Housing Connection
Janna Nichols5 Cities Homeless Coalition

MemberAffiliated Organization(s)
Marianne KennedyWomen’s Shelter Program of SLO

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

MemberAffiliated 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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