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Benefit Concert for New Homeless Shelter, July 15

A special benefit concert is being held in July to celebrate the completion of a new homeless services center and shelter in San Luis Obispo.

The Friends of 40 Prado, a non-profit group that took over fundraising and building the new facility will have Festival Mosaic Director, Scott Yoo, performing at the event, set for 3-6 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at the new facility. Tickets are $125 a person and available online, see:

The new facility will replace two others — the 49-bed Maxine Lewis overnight shelter on Orcutt Road and the Prado Day Shelter on Prado Road. The two aging facilities are on opposite ends of the city and nearing the end of their useful life.

The new $4.5 million facility will have 100 beds with the ability to house 150 during bad weather. It will also concentrate available services under one roof and be run by Community Action Partnership or CAP-SLO, which also runs the two current homeless facilities in SLO.

It’s a single-story facility with a kitchen, laundry room, showers, lockers and storage, a classroom for children and community rooms. Separate dorms for men, women, and families are also being built. The facility will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, have “case management” services, mental health and drug and alcohol counseling services.

CAP-SLO teamed up with the Regional Transit Authority or RTA to purchase the 9.7-acre parcel on Prado Road. CAP-SLO got a $1 million grant from the State Department of Housing and Community Development to cover its share of the purchase, some $742,500.

RTA plans to build a new bus maintenance facility and offices. Proceeds from the grand opening concert will help pay for operation of the homeless services facility.

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