Support Services

The Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County (WSP) offers a variety of support services for victims of intimate partner violence and child abuse. On this page you can learn more about Advocacy Services, our Transitional Housing Program, Latina Services, and Children’s Services.

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ADVOCACY SERVICES

What are Advocacy Services?

  • Safety Planning
  • Self-Sufficiency
  • Goal Setting
  • Community Resources
  • Groups and Workshops
  • Referrals

Eligibility: All victims of intimate partner violence and child abuse are potentially eligible to receive advocacy services from the WSP, however, the victim must already be a participating client in one of our other services, such as attending counseling or staying as a resident in our Safe House. If you are a victim and would like to speak with someone about receiving services, please call our 24-hour crisis line at (805) 781-6400.

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TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM

The WSP’s Transitional Housing Program requires a referral from one of our WSP programs such as counseling or our Safe House. We also take referrals from community project partners.

What is Transitional Housing? 
WSP Transitional Housing is a client-centered transitional housing program for individuals/families who are homeless or in need of transitional housing as a result of fleeing intimate partner/domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and/or stalking.  The 6 to 24 month program provides support services to victims using a client empowerment model. The goal of Transitional Housing at the WSP is to assist clients in attaining emotional health, the development of safe and healthy lifestyles for independent living, and economic self-sufficiency as they prepare to move into permanent housing. We seek to meet these goals by offering advocacy services, employment assistance, counseling, legal services, children’s services, life skill groups, and assistance with obtaining permanent housing. Our follow-up services are made available for a minimum of three months after a client finishes the program.

Who is eligible?

Determination of acceptance into Transitional Housing will be made on a case-by-case basis, based on the following minimum criteria and guidelines. Applicant must be:

  • A survivor of intimate partner/domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and/or stalking.
  • At least eighteen years old or a legally emancipated minor.
  • Homeless or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance as a result of fleeing an abusive situation and where emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.
  • Referred from WSP Emergency Shelter Program or our Counseling Programs or from one our project partners.
  • Low or very low income according to the current HUD guidelines.
  • Willing and desiring to participate in our Transitional Housing Program, including meeting with staff on a weekly basis and signing a rental agreement/contract.
  • Willing to create an individualized safety and self-sufficiency plan with the assistance of Transitional Housing staff.
  • Able to live peacefully in a community without receiving supervision 24 hours per day; 7 days per week.

What kind of housing does the program provide?

“Marianne Court” is a 6-unit housing complex located in San Luis Obispo with one — 3-bedroom unit, three — 2-bedroom units and two — 1-bedroom units. These units are for low-income individuals/families. We also have four – 2-bedroom units in Grover Beach for very-low income individuals/families. Rents are based on 30% of the tenants monthly income. All units are non-smoking, firearms-free, partially furnished, and subject to occupancy restrictions. Restraining orders are preferred for residents.

For more information contact Shona Pruitt, Director of Housing Services at (805)781-6401 x209.

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LATINA SERVICES PROGRAM

The Women’s Shelter Program (WSP) offers a comprehensive range of services for Spanish-speaking clients including culturally-informed domestic violence support groups, individual counseling, advocacy, and referrals to many valuable resources including assistance with immigration issues. All services offered by the WSP are available in both Spanish and English. To speak with someone about Latina Services, please call (805) 781-6401 x229. To join a support group, please call (805) 473-6506.

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CHILDREN’S SERVICES PROGRAM

Children’s Services at the Women’s Shelter Program provides non-violent, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate childcare while a parent participates in group or individual counseling, case management, and other support services. Additional services provided include transportation to and from children’s therapy, a mentoring program, athletic and extracurricular activities funding program, and parent education. Access to WSP Children’s Services is obtained by current participation in at least one of the agency’s primary programs such as CADV Counseling Services, our Safe House Program, or our Transitional Housing Program.