The Community Action Partnership Of San Luis Obispo County

1431 Words Sep 12th, 2016 6 Pages
San Luis Obispo County spans over 3,616 square miles. Currently, in all of that area, there are only two active homeless shelters according to the San Luis Obispo Homeless Shelter Directory. The Maxine Lewis Memorial Homeless Shelter provides 50 beds year round, with anywhere between 25-35 additional overflow beds provided by one church every month. The Santa Maria Emergency Shelter Campus has 150 beds available for up to 90 days at a time. Our two homeless shelters can only house up to 235 occupants at a time (SLO Homeless...). At any given time, as I had mentioned earlier, between 2,000 and 4,000 people are homeless in our county. It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that there is not nearly enough housing options available to those in need. Now, that’s not to say that there are only two places that offer programs to help the homeless. We have many programs such as the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo which offers many different services and programs to ensure the homeless are getting the help they need. The county itself offers a wide variety of programs available to the homeless as well such as drug rehabilitation programs, meal services, and mental health services. When people envision our beautiful little town, for the most part they think imagine the serene beaches, beautiful weather, and cool college town vibe. Oprah has even donned it the “happiest place on earth.” It’s doubtful, though, that either Oprah or the other visitors who come to…
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