In December 2020, El Camino Homeless Organization, The Housing Authority of SLO and People’s Self-Help Housing partnered to create and successfully launch the most substantial addition of supportive housing our region has seen in more than a year.

In just four months, the inaugural partnership leveraged the State’s Project Homekey funds to turn a Paso Robles Motel 6 into a 60-bed homeless services center with an additional 60 units of affordable housing. In just nine months, the converted motel has served more than 650 individual men, women and children.

To aid and advocate for the creation of more supportive housing like this on the Central Coast for residents experiencing or at risk of homelessness, the Housing Coalition of the Central Coast convened the free, virtual 2021 SLO County Housing Summit on October 6.

The experts minds behind the Paso Robles Motel 6 conversion gave a behind-the-scenes look at the project as well as shared insight on common misconceptions about housing for unhoused residents, strategies for working with the community to identify additional locations, and how we can all advocate for more housing like this.

Watch the full event below:

We hope the conversation inspires you to advocate for real solutions. If you want to be part of meaningfully addressing homelessness in SLO County, here are six things you can do right now:

  • Call or email your elected officials and ask them to apply for Project Homekey before January 31, 2022
  • Talk to property owners you know and tell them about ways they can get involved
  • If you are a property owner, rethink how you use your building. Limitations of the past may no longer apply. 
  • Volunteer! Organizations like ECHO need volunteers for a variety of the essential services they offer, and everyone has something to contribute. 
  • Reach out to local leaders and share your ideas for possible locations – the more ideas we share, the more likely it is that one of them will work!
  • Know someone who is at risk of losing housing? Connect them with the SLO Legal Assistance Foundation for assistance