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Homeless services center planned for SLO gets $500,000 from supervisors

The property at 40 Prado Road between the Sunset Drive-In and San Luis Obispo corporation yard.
The property at 40 Prado Road between the Sunset Drive-In and San Luis Obispo corporation yard. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Efforts to raise funds to build a new homeless services center on Prado Road have received a $500,000 boost from the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.

The supervisors made the funding commitment at their meeting Tuesday. The money will go toward construction of the center being built by the nonprofit Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County.

CAPSLO partnered with the San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority to buy 9.7 acres at 40 Prado Road for $2.3 million last month. The transit authority will use 6.5 acres to park and maintain buses, and eventually also to house its administration departments.

The rest of the site will be used by CAPSLO for a Homeless Services Center to replace the Prado Day center and the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter. Plans call for 100 beds with room for another 75 beds, a kitchen, laundry, showers, lockers and storage, as well as offices, a classroom for children and community rooms. Separate dorms for men, women and families will be built.

CAPSLO needs $4.5 million to build the center. With the $500,000 from the county, about $1.6 million has been raised so far, officials said.

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