SLO County to give $2.4 million to 3 affordable housing projects this year. Here’s where

Three new affordable housing developments will be built in San Luis Obispo County over the next year.

On Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to give about $2.4 million to local nonprofit organizations People’s Self Help Housing and the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo for those projects.

“Every dollar you allocate helps,” Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo Executive Director Scott Collins said. “We’re incredibly busy. You know why we’re busy? Because you guys support us, because our cities support us.”

Together, the projects will add 147 more affordable units to the county, according to county project manager Marge Castle.

Affordable housing projects spread around SLO County

The three projects are set to be built in Templeton, San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande, Castle said.

The board committed $1.2 million to a 28-unit Templeton development, which will include seven units for people at risk of homelessness.

The project, called Rolling Hills lll, will offer housing to low-income families and individuals, Castle said.

The apartment complex will include a learning and resource center, a basketball court, a community garden, barbecue and picnic areas, and supportive services to help residents with case management and “maintaining housing,” Castle said.

People’s Self Help Housing will manage the project.

The second project, Monterey Crossing Senior Apartments, will offer 56 affordable units to low-income seniors in San Luis Obispo.

The county gave $524,261 to the project managed by the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.

The development will include a community room, parking and bike storage, according to Castle.

The board also pledged $680,762 to Arroyo Terrace Apartments, a project planned for Arroyo Grande managed by the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo. The development will include 63 multi-family units, with 16 designated for people at risk of homelessness.

The design includes a barbecue area, a children’s playground and a preserved oak tree grove. Commercial space will be built into the apartments, too, Castle said.

The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo will build a 63-unit multi-family affordable housing development in Arroyo Grande.
The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo will build a 63-unit multi-family affordable housing development in Arroyo Grande.

Board reviews $4.8 million housing and homelessness budget

On Tuesday, the board also reviewed about $4.8 million of affordable housing and homelessness funding, according to the county staff report.

The county expects to receive about $3.1 million in federal funding from various grants, $747,989 from the state’s Permanent Local Housing Allocation, and $519,227 from its own affordable housing fund.

The affordable housing fund is dwindling. In 2022, the board repealed the inclusionary housing ordinance, which charged developers certain fees to deposit into the affordable housing fund.

The county can spend the remaining $519,227 in the fund, but will not replenish the revenue.

The county also dedicated $126,000 from the General Fund to affordable housing and homelessness, plus another $253,000 to emergency shelter programs, the staff report said.

The board will review a more comprehensive spending plan at its meeting on April 9, Castle said.