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ECHO holds community forum discussing First Step homeless services center in Paso Robles

Posted at 6:23 PM, Feb 26, 2020

The El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) was contracted to run homeless services for the City of Paso Robles in January, now, they are holding a series of public forums to address the homelessness challenges.

The first public information forum took place Wednesday night at City Hall Council Chambers in Paso Robles.

"We invite the entire community to come and learn about our vision and our plans, and have their questions answered," says Jeff Al-Mashat, Homeless Services Director, Paso Robles. "Homelessness affects so many aspects of our community, we expect and welcome a diverse range of questions and opinions."

Paso Robles is constructing the new Homeless Services Center at 3100 Sulpher Springs Road near the City's water treatment plant north of Highway 46 and east of US 101.

The new facility, First Step, will be complete with 36 beds for individual and family sleeping areas, a dining room and prep kitchen, restrooms and shower facilities, a gathering area, laundry room and staff offices.

ECHO has been providing homeless services in Atascadero for nearly two decades.

Ground breaking for the new services center is set for early spring of this year.

The dates for the next forums have not been released yet.