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Atascadero homeless shelter receives $10,000 grant

Posted at 10:55 AM, Jan 30, 2019
ECHO receives $10,000 grant from The Community Foundation (Courtesy: ECHO)


A new grant will help an Atascadero shelter provide a place for the homeless to stay and additional support services.

ECHO Homeless Shelter announced the $10,000 grant from The Community Foundation on Wednesday.

According to the press release, ECHO has 50 overnight beds in the shelter and provides a residency program to help those looking for permanent and sustainable housing.

In addition, a meal program serves as many as 80 dinners each night to shelter residents and the homeless population.

“We are very excited to receive this generous gift from The Community Foundation,” said Wendy Lewis, President/CEO of ECHO. “The grant will help us provide the resources needed as the people we serve work hard to put the pieces together to find permanent homes.”

“The Community Foundation is committed to supporting the wide range of needs throughout the county,” said Heidi McPherson, CEO of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County.  “Through the Community Needs Grant, we are proud to support and further ECHO’s work impacting the homeless families and individuals in our region.”

The shelter is located at 6370 Atascadero Avenue. It opens at 4:30 p.m. daily.