SLO day center for homeless people hopes to open when weather turns bad

With temperatures plummeting and the rainy season approaching, the Prado Day Center in San Luis Obispo is making plans to give homeless people extra shelter by staying stay open at night when the weather gets nasty.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to spend $5,000 – half of what the center needs – to keep it open as needed through the winter. Dee Torres, director of homeless services, said she hops the city of San Luis Obispo and others can chip in.

“We’re kind of scrambling,” Torres said. “I can’t promise (it will be open) tonight.”

Torres said a temperature of 32 degrees or heavy rain for two days would trigger the opening.

County Supervisor Adam Hill said the center was open for approximately 25 nights last year. This would be the third year Prado Day Center has opened its doors to the homeless at night.