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City of Paso Robles to build new homeless shelter

Posted at 3:44 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 21:42:32-05

The City of Paso Robles is building a new homeless shelter that will be managed by the El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO).

In October, the Paso Robles City Council members decided to construct a new facility at 3100 Sulpher Springs Road near the city's water treatment plant, north of Highway 46 and east of Highway 101.

The San Luis Obispo Department of Social Services is funding the project.

The new facility, First Step Homeless Services Center, will have 36 beds, a dining room, full kitchen, restrooms, showers, a gathering area, laundry room and staff offices.

ECHO's residency program helps homeless people secure a job and find permanent housing. Clients are also taught life skills for employment, budgeting, health care management, and social communication and interaction.

City officials say the new facility is set to be finished in May 2021, with a grand opening in June 2021.