The Homeless Services Oversight Council (HSOC) commissioned the documentary project. HSOC is an advisory body responsible for implementing the County's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness (also known as "Path to a Home"). For more information about HSOC and the "Path to a Home", please read the FAQ below:
What is Path to a Home?
Path to a Home is San Luis
Obispo County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. It presents a long-range,
comprehensive approach to maximize existing resources and create new ways to
prevent homelessness and to provide housing and services for those already
homeless. Path to a Home is quite simply a strategic business plan
with priorities, strategies and action steps for the business of ending
homelessness. Path to a Home lays out a clear central vision that
focuses on ensuring that everyone has access
to appropriate and affordable housing and to the services they need to sustain it.
The Ten Year Plan is not unique to San Luis Obispo. It is part of a national movement endorsed by policymakers, homeless advocates and philanthropic interests as a means to introduce evidence-based best practices to end and prevent homelessness. In 2008 San Luis Obispo joined in a nationwide commitment to address homelessness in our communities. A broad based planning group of service providers, government officials and the private businesspeople evaluated our local situation, studied lessons learned around the nation and developed Path to a Home, San Luis Obispo’s Ten Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Over 270 other communities following similar Ten Year Plans are making great strides in fighting homelessness and with Path to a Home, San Luis Obispo County is looking to do the same.
The History of HSOC
Community-wide engagement and accountability is central to Path to a Home. To that end the Board of Supervisors created the Homeless Services Oversight Council (HSOC) to keep the pulse on how we are doing. The Council represents a broad coalition important our success. It has representatives from businesses, housing and service providers, county and city governments, faith-based organizations, health agencies, law enforcement and homeless people. It provides leadership; encourages collaboration; advocates on homeless issues; builds public awareness about homelessness; establishes funding priorities; and importantly, keeps track about how we are doing. The HSOC meets every other month.
Plan Priorities and Strategies
1. Facilitating Access to Affordable Housing to Put an End to Homelessness
2. Stopping Homelessness Before it Starts through Prevention and Effective Intervention
3. Ending and Preventing Homelessness through Integrated, Comprehensive, Responsive Supportive Services
4. Coordinating a Solid Administrative and Financial Structure to Support Effective Plan Implementation
We envision a future in which the housing and comprehensive services necessary to remain housed are available for all, affording everyone maximum self-sufficiency, and the opportunity to be productive and participating members of our community.
Why Do This?
In January 2008, cities, agencies and groups throughout San Luis Obispo County began an important journey, aimed at improving the county’s approach to homelessness. The need for change was broadly recognized, as homelessness in the county was continuing to grow. More individuals and families were losing their housing; community members were increasingly frustrated by the effects of homelessness on their neighborhoods, city centers and public parks; homeless programs were struggling to meet growing need with dwindling resources, and local leaders were searching for solutions that were both effective and affordable.
Against this backdrop, and following a national trend to shift emphasis from “managing” homelessness to working to “end” it, a broad-based planning group came together to reevaluate current efforts within the county, consider best practices and lessons learned around the nation, and develop a Plan for a new and more effective response, aimed at ending homelessness in ten years. The document, Path to a Home is the outcome of that process.