Anonymous donor gives $250,000 for 40 Prado homeless center

A rendering of the future 40 Prado homeless center.
A rendering of the future 40 Prado homeless center.

An anonymous donor has provided an unexpected $250,000 toward the future 40 Prado homeless center in San Luis Obispo.

The donation now puts the effort within $750,000 of reaching a goal of raising $5.4 million to build the center at 40 Prado Road, said John Spatafore, board president of the Homeless Foundation of SLO County, which is raising money for the project.

With the donation comes a challenge from the donor to the community to collectively raise another $250,000, encouraging individuals to offer however much they can — even $20.

“We are profoundly grateful for our benefactor’s generosity and for the foresight that made the gift a matching grant,” Spatafore said. “We are eager to build the $250,000 to $500,000.”

Spatafore said the donor is a local resident who supports 40 Prado’s range of services and “focus on helping people achieve permanent housing.”

40 Prado will replace the aging Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter and the Prado Day Center, combining the services of both facilities and streamlining programs. The project is expected to break ground in the fall. For more information, go to https://40prado.org/.