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LWVSLO Moderates Discussion about Homeless Center in SLO

Plans for Homeless Service Center in SLO Move Forward

Panel of Experts to Discuss the Proposed Center at Public Forum

Efforts to build a Homeless Service Center in San Luis Obispo are gaining momentum. The SLO City Council recently committed $250,000 toward the purchase of a nine-acre parcel on Prado Road as a site for the center. The San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority, which will share the site, has committed to $1.5 million for the purchase. Local community and business leaders have formed a Homeless Foundation to raise money to complete the purchase and support the center.

To keep the momentum going, the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County is partnering with the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund, United Way of San Luis Obispo County, and the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo's Action for Healthy Communities to sponsor a forum to raise public awareness of plans for the center and answer any questions community members may have about it.

This FREE public forum will be held Friday, May 9, 2014 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the SLO City/County Public Library, 995 Palm Street in San Luis Obispo. Pictured above are panelists Grace McIntosh of CAPSLO, John Spatafore of the Homeless Foundation, business leader Bill Thoma and Laurel Weir of SLO County Social Services [not pictured] will be there to present the latest information on the Homeless Service Center and answer questions from the public.

Funding support for the public forum was provided by the County Board of Supervisors' Community Project Grant program.

What Have We Done Lately?

LWVSLO Hears Social Media Specialist

Whitney Diaz, currently the Digital Brand Strategist at Verdin, was the featured speaker at the League of Women Voters Salon Series presentation on Saturday, March 1 at 10:00 a.m. in the Community Room of Union Bank. Ms. Diaz discussed how to harness the power of social media for yourself, your family, your favorite organization, or your business to build an engaging online community and maintain personal security and privacy.

The Tribune selected Ms. Diaz last month as one of the Top 20 Under 40 in San Luis Obispo County. She met The Tribune's criteria: ". . . young women and men under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their professions and commitment to community service." Discussing her approach to social media, Ms. Diaz explains, "Digital media can often be a scary prospect for some people, but it's my job to help clients overcome those fears, and make sure they or their brand is well-represented in the digital space."

The Salon Series is a service of the League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County providing learning opportunities for League members and the public. The presentation was FREE and open to the public.