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5CHC Programs

5CHC Programs

5Cities Homeless Coalition is transforming the lives of those who are homeless or facing homelessness in San Luis Obispo County.

5Cities Homeless Coalition provides wrap-around services including case management and direct financial assistance – with a special emphasis on housing stability. Our efforts focus on helping the most vulnerable in our community maintain dignity while working toward a new home (or retaining their home). Our work goes beyond the immediate, to ensure that clients have the plan, skill sets, and support needed to be successful and self-sufficient. We are proud to share that more than 90% of those we have helped to house (or prevented from eviction) remain housed more than one-year later.

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5CHC’s housing support program serves clients throughout San Luis Obispo County who are either homeless or facing homelessness. Intensive case management, including financial literacy coaching, is coupled with direct financial assistance. Direct financial support is provided through a progressive engagement model based on the individual need. As clients work their agreed upon plan, funds are then made available to further their goals for self-sufficiency and housing. During this time we work to ensure on-going income sufficient to maintain housing.

Assistance begins with general information and referral to community services coupled with a comprehensive assessment of needs, identification of barriers and development of an immediate action plan. Those visiting 5CHC’s offices are provided access to computer, internet, phone charging, mailing address, food and hygiene supplies. 5CHC staff serves as a source of knowledge and referral.

The Coalition’s Housing Assistance program serves those who are currently homeless or at risk of losing housing, with a special emphasis on those living in South County. Case management and financial assistance is offered for rent, deposit and immediate needs based on differing criteria of a variety of funding grants.  For move-in assistance with deposit and rent, clients must be homeless but there is no income threshold.  For rental assistance to prevent homelessness, clients’ income is a factor in determining eligibility sources.

5Cities Homeless Coalition (5CHC), in partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo (SLO) and City of Grover Beach, is working hard to implement a new, temporary emergency shelter model in Grover Beach to help those experiencing homelessness in South County achieve the ultimate goal of permanent housing. There are currently no shelters available in South County, making this much-needed resource extremely valuable to both those in need and their communities. 

The SSVF program serves veterans who are currently homeless or at risk of losing housing. The program provides temporary assistance and services to help homeless veterans and their families gain housing stability. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program, provides funding for this program. This is a joint program of Good Samaritan Shelter and 5Cities Homeless Coalition.

The purpose of this program is to assist homeless and low-income families and individuals in need in the Five Cities area with limited funds to address their immediate needs, and move them to self–sufficiency. Often helping families to overcome a one-time barrier enables them to move toward self-sufficiency, stability in the home, and economic improvement. Examples of assistance include support with utilities, gasoline, auto repairs, clothing, and employment readiness.

5CHC’s homeless youth program matches a case manager with unaccompanied youth (aged 16-24) providing education, connection and services. One-on-one case management helps these youth with immediate needs, housing and development of an individualized Action Plan to help them independent living, steady employment, and continued education.

5CHC clients are offered additional guidance and advocacy for obtaining and retaining public benefits, including SSI, SSDI, Cal Fresh, etc.  Clients are also encouraged to participate in financial literacy and budgeting training.

Working to improve discharge planning and case management with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, the program serves homeless patients requiring temporary respite care. Program is offered in partnership with Dignity Health, Good Samaritan Shelter, Community Action Partnership San Luis Obispo, and Community Health Centers of the Central Coast.

For those seeking assistance with drug and alcohol addiction, 5CHC supports client participation in programs with the San Luis Obispo County Drug and Alcohol, and Recovery Point, a social-model detox program located on the campus with Good Samaritan Shelter in Santa Maria. Recovery Point Acute Care is a 12-bed inpatient drug and alcohol detox program that provides 7-14 day acute detoxification. The program provides a safe and protected residential environment for clients suffering from withdrawal symptoms who are unable to build a clean and sober foundation on their own.

The Five Cities Ministerial Association in partnership with 5Cities Homeless Coalition is leading efforts to provide a safe, warm and dry place for homeless adults to find shelter for the night during this winter on nights with predictions of temperatures at or below 39°F, or especially stormy weather (with rain forecast at 50% or greater) November 26 through April 30.

The Coalition receives support from many community groups with such things as hygiene kits, feminine products, food and snack sacks. These items are then distributed with the help of our many community partners to those in need throughout the community. Due to limited space we are unable to donations of clothing; except for new socks, underwear or sweat pants.  However, we work closely with St. Barnabas Thrift Shop, where we can refer our clients to visit and shop for free.

5CHC Street Outreach team works with those living on the street and in camps throughout southern San Luis Obispo County to connect them to services and resources including food, transportation, public benefits, identification and family relocation. Our overarching goal is to connect those who are homeless to permanent housing as quickly as possible. Meeting the client “where they’re at,” our work is focused on the development of a case plan that is oriented toward their success in obtaining or maintaining housing, which is predicated by consumer choice and self-determination.