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A local nonprofit organization that works to provide affordable housing throughout the county has received a $1.5 million grant from the state — its largest grant ever.

The San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund has announced the grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

The grant is being made under the Local Housing Trust Fund matching grant program, whose money comes from Proposition 1C, approved by voters in 2006.

Jerry Rioux, the Housing Trust Fund’s executive director, said the award was delayed by more than a year because of the state budget crisis. He said the organization does not know when the money will be available.

When it does arrive, it “will be added to our revolving loan funds and be used to finance affordable housing in San Luis Obispo County,” Rioux said.

Since the money will be available for use only in jurisdictions that have a Housing and Community Development certified housing element, they cannot be used in Atascadero or Pismo Beach.

All other areas of the county are eligible for money.

Any project that receives funding will be required to comply with state prevailing wage and relocation requirements. Projects may also be required to record affordability covenants or deed restrictions.

Regulations require that a public workshop be held prior to making the funds available to the public. An announcement for this workshop and other information will be made online at www.slochtf.org/lhtf.htm.

The Housing Trust Fund was created in 2003 to increase affordable housing throughout the county.

Rather than directly develop or own housing, the fund provides financing and technical assistance to help private developers, nonprofit agencies and local governments produce and preserve housing that working families, seniors on fixed incomes and persons with disabilities can afford to rent or buy.

Since making its first loan in 2005, the Housing Trust Fund has loaned $4.75 million to help create or preserve 180 units of affordable housing.

Additional information on the Housing Trust Fund is available at www.slochtf.org.

— Bob Cuddy


Dog owners can bring their dogs for a swim this fall at Templeton Community Pool for the Fourth Annual Dog Splash Days.

The event, planned for Sept. 10 through 12, marks the end of the summer swimming season. Afterward, the pool is shut down, drained and cleaned.

Dogs under 30 pounds will be allowed to swim from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10, then dogs of all sizes are welcome 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 12.

More than 225 dogs — complete with various Frisbees, tennis balls and rubber ducks — filled the pool last year, organizers said.

Safety measures are also incorporated into the event; dog trainers act as lifeguards, and ramps and life vests are available.

Admission is $15 by advance reservation and at the door. Space is limited. Event proceeds benefit Vineyard Dog Park in Templeton.

For more information, call 239-4437, visit www.parks4pups.org or e-mail splashdays@gmail.com.

Templeton Community Pool is located at the corner of 6th Street and Old County Road in downtown Templeton.

— Tonya Strickland


The Tribune is seeking a volunteer weather watcher for the community of Templeton.

If you are currently keeping track of temperatures and rainfall for your area and wouldn’t mind sharing that information with The Tribune, please call Sharon Morem at 781-7937.