Eden-Rose Baker is an opinion columnist for Mustang News and journalism junior. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Mustang News. There is no denying that homelessness is a prevalent issue in San Luis Obispo County. It became a huge topic in November’s election cycle. Both former State Assembly District […]
Cal Poly Humboldt students protest as student homelessness grows dire
Cal Poly Humboldt students rallied together on Wednesday in protest against the campus’ apparent housing crisis. On Saturday, Cal Poly Humboldt updated its Housing & Residence Life webpage, leaving returning students to discover that they may not have a place to live on campus starting next semester, as reported by an article from The Lumberjack. […]
City Council to expand housing in downtown SLO
San Luis Obispo’s Community Development Department is seeking feedback from residents on their ideas for increasing housing in the downtown area, according to a city news release. The Housing Team proposed a Downtown Flexible Density Program intended to lower housing costs by encouraging developers to build smaller units. The program plans to reduce density standards […]
Enrolled and unhoused: Students struggle to find housing weeks into fall quarter
While most students at Cal Poly ate food at a dining table and slept in a warm bed under a roof in San Luis Obispo, Savannah Bosley spent the first two weeks of the fall quarter living out of her car. Bosley, a computer science sophomore at Cal Poly, said she couldn’t find a place […]
Hundreds sign petition urging Safe Parking Program for unhoused students
A Safe Parking petition circulating online is asking the University to provide space for students to freely park and sleep in their vehicles overnight, a practice that is illegal on San Luis Obispo City streets. The petition also recommends that Cal Poly provides facilities with a kitchen and restrooms.
City hiring a professional to support growing houseless population
Increased community homelessness within San Luis Obispo has created a demand for a new city position in order to provide relief for those in need. The city has observed an ever-increasing urgency to administer resources to those in need of support as the pandemic progresses. According to the city council, the position of Homeless Response […]
40 Prado warming center stays open with COVID-19 adaptations
As winter brings in colder weather to San Luis Obispo, local homeless shelter 40 Prado is preparing to help the homeless population stay warm. According to the 40 Prado website, the warming center is open from November to March. A warming center’s purpose is to provide more housing for people who are homeless during the […]
City organizations work together to address homelessness
The City of San Luis Obispo allocated $30,000 in grant funding for professional homeless outreach workers. The outreach workers will provide 20 hours of weekly service in downtown San Luis Obispo. The program is a partnership between Downtown SLO and CAPSLO, according to a press release sent out on Nov. 9. The Downtown SLO Association, […]
San Luis Obispo Police Department cuts use of force in half this year
In previous years, San Luis Obispo police officers used force about 50 times a year. This year, police reduced their use of force by about half, according to Police Chief Deanna Cantrell.
$150,000 to aid Cal Poly student housing costs given from family of architecture alum
A survey of Cal Poly students found 12.3 percent of students to be homeless.
Hungry and Homeless: New survey shows some Cal Poly students lack basic living necessities
Video by Sydney Brandt A study conducted by California State University (CSU) systems in January 2018 found that 41.6 percent of students reported food insecurity and 10.9 percent reported homelessness. These results are also reflected in a recent survey of Cal Poly students that yielded similar results. It was found 26.9 percent of Cal Poly […]