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services for the homeless

Paso Cares serves dinner Monday through Friday from 5:00pm to 5:45pm and Sunday from 4 - 5pm. We are located in the parking lot at the corner of Riverside and 24th street in Paso Robles. During dinner we greet people and often learn of areas where they need help. We connect people to services and agencies that may offer the assistance they need. Transition Mental Health Outreach workers visit our dinner regularly as well. Paso Cares knows that outreach is crucial to help people find resources to overcome homelessness. 

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


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.

affordable rental housing

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. Here is 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). Visit the link for more information, or contact HASLO via phone or email.

(805) 543-4478  |

Feeding the homeless

Free meals for the homeless are provided in Paso Robles as follows:

  • Monday - Friday: Paso Cares serves dinner between 5:00 and 6:00pm 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 14th Street between 12:00 and 1:00pm. 

  • Sunday: First Methodist Church serves dinner between 4:00 and 5:00pm on City-owned property located on the southwest corner of 24th Street and Riverside Avenue.


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, 805 539-7504,

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