After a long meeting at the SLO Board of Supervisors on April 23rd, the BOS voted to approve the split of $5.5 million dollars of state funding to improve homeless services and housing throughout SLO County.
From Paso to Grover, the funds distribution that Supervisor Adam Hill helped pass through HSCO was approved on a 3 to 2 vote, supported by Districts 1, 2 and 3.
A significant portion of the funds designated to go to South County so that the area finally has permanent facilities services and transitional housing, there has been vocal opposition by people living around the proposed location, but as Supervisor Hill said, “Our job is a hard job — it’s to do things that are sometimes going to be unpopular,” he said. “Any neighborhood will oppose pretty much anything that involves housing, especially housing of homeless people or low-income people. We’ve seen it.
“We have to ask ourselves questions about whether our only values are going to be reduced to property values, and whether we are going to try to give real help,”
As the process in South County moves forward, Supervisor Hill looks forward to continuing to work with everyone to bring the project to reality, as well as ensure that all those concerned are heard, and have a clear understanding of what the project is and not what people fear it might be.
As Supervisor Hill noted, it’s a question of putting human values over property values. As always, there’s more work to be done!
Read more about the April 23rd BOS meeting here.