Together we can put an end to homelessness

and provide adequate food and shelter until we do!

Services for the Homeless

In December 2015, Paso Cares began operating a Warming Station for the homeless
in the Paso Robles Area on winter nights (between November 1 and April 1) that
were rainy or freezing. The Warming Station was operated again in 2016-2017, and
we plan to operate again in 2017-2018. We are looking into expanding our scope of
operation to include more services to the homeless, such as providing showers,
laundry, and more.

There are many diverse services available to the homeless from other non-profit
and government and organizations. Please see the websites linked below for more

Affordable Rental Housing: The City of Paso Robles maintains a list of all
apartment complexes in and around the City that offer below market rate rents for
low income persons. Please see the attached link for a list of the complexes and
contact information for each.​

Section 8 Rental Assistance: In San Luis Obispo County, Section 8 Rental
Assistance is administered by the Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo
(HASLO). Please see the attached link for more information, or contact HASLO via
phone or email as indicated below.

(805) 543-4478

Feeding the Homeless: Presently (2017) in Paso Robles, free meals for the
homeless are provided as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: Paso Cares serves dinner between 5:00 and 6:00 pm on City-owned property located on the southwest corner of 24th Street and Riverside Avenue
  • Saturday: St James Episcopal Church serves lunch in their Parish Hall at 514
    14 th Street between 12:00 and 1:00 pm.
  • Sunday: First United Methodist Church serves dinner between 4:00 and 5:00
    pm on City-owned property located on the southwest corner of 24 th Street
    and Riverside Avenue

Emergency Shelter: El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) is North County’s
homeless shelter serving all of the communities in North San Luis Obispo County.

ECHO is a 50-bed transitional shelter helping families and individuals find
permanent housing within three months of entering ECHO. ECHO provides case
management services to the homeless, helping them create an action plan, live with
new behaviors, find a job, and locate a permanent home. Other social service
agencies depend on ECHO. In addition, a group serves up to 80 dinners each evening
for anyone who is hungry thanks to our network of dedicated volunteers.
ECHO is located at 6370 Atascadero Mall, Atascadero. (It is near Atascadero Bible
Church and Atascadero High School.)

For more information about ECHO, please visit their website at; you can post an email on the website at the bottom of the
“About” Page or phone them at (805) 462-3663.

For information about ECHO’s intake process for individuals and families who are
homeless, please call or email Kathleen Brintnall, Shelter Coordinator, 805 539-

Additional Services: The County of San Luis Obispo’s Department of Social
Services provides a “Community Resources Card” (pdf file) on its website. This card
lists several agencies and organizations (and each’s contact information) that
provide a wide range of services for the homeless in San Luis Obispo County. A copy
of this card may be obtained at