Hope’s Village of SLO, founded in 2011 to combat homelessness throughout San Luis Obispo County, has received nonprofit status as a 501(c)(3) organization, according to board president Becky Jorgeson.
Other board members include Alicia Nowicki, Dori Stone, Barbara Skippers, Joseph Perez and Bull Chaney.
The group is now able to collect donations, with which it plans to purchase land or negotiate a long-term lease of land on the outskirts of San Luis Obispo, Jorgeson said.
The group has already organized the donations of several RVs by private donors to homeless veterans but now will embark on the larger goal of creating a self-sustaining community for homeless adults.
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“It could go a million different ways,” said Jorgeson, who added that it is possible the organization will obtain a group camp permit.
“Our goal is to be very open and abide by every single rule . All we need is a permanent site,” she said.