RESOURCES – SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

AARP AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program, helps taxpayers have more discretionary income for everyday essentials, such as food and housing, by assisting with tax services and ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to almost all taxpayers in San Luis Obispo County, with special attention to seniors and low to moderate income taxpayers.  Call one of the telephone number below beginning in late January for tax preparation appointments beginning in early February at a tax preparation center near you.  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in cooperation with the IRS.
http://www.ccfreetax.org
Atascadero: 805-466-4674
Paso Robles Senior Center: 805-237-3880, Paso Robles Library: 805-237-3870
Arroyo Grande, Cambria, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Nipomo, and San Luis Obipso: 805-354-1157

Adult Protective Services Program – San Luis Obispo County

The Adult Protective Services program protects dependent adults and seniors.  It investigates allegations of abuse, intervenes when necessary, and provides community education.  There is no charge for services, to assure that elderly and dependent adults who live in the community and who are in danger of neglect, abuse, or exploitation receive prompt intervention to be kept safe.  It provides 24-hour response to persons in immediate danger; as well as service coordination, counseling, case management, in-home protection and supportive services to victims of abuse.
Phone: 805-781-1790, After hours: 800-838-1381

Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens – Area Agency on Aging

A non-profit organization serving San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.  Allocates federal and state monies to local agencies for supportive, nutrition and health promotion services for older adults.  Produces Senior Resource Directory every two years.
http://centralcoastseniors.org/
528 S. Broadway Avenue, Santa Maria, Phones: 805-925-9554 and 800-510-2020

CAPSLO – Community Action Partners of San Luis Obispo County

CAPSLO CAPSLO provides weatherization, limited home repair and health screening services to eligible families and seniors throughout the county.  SLOMAP has placed flyers in most mobilehome parks.  Call (805) 541-4122 for weatherization and home repair and call 805-544-4355 for Health Screening Information.
http://www.capslo.org/programs/122

COA – Commission on Aging

COA is an advisory group for the County Board of Supervisors.  Meetings are held monthly (Veterans’ Memorial Bldg, 3rd Friday, 10 – noon) to discuss concerns of our local seniors.  Public is welcome; the monthly topic is published in the Tribune.  COA also offers a Speakers’ Bureau for community groups.
http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/coa.htm,
Phone: 805-235-5779

CRLA – California Rural Legal Assistance

CRLA CRLA represents low-income clients on a variety of cutting edge issues.  It is the belief of CRLA that justice should not require a price tag, but should be a basic human right for all.  CRLA focuses on issues involving discrimination, tenant – landlord law, workplace safety, fair housing practices, and access to quality education and healthcare.  CRLA may be able to assist mobilehome residents in some situations.  Call for more information.
http://www.crla.org/mission

1011 Pacific Street #A                2050 “G” South Broadway
San Luis Obispo Santa Maria
805-544-7997 805-922-4563

District Attorney’s Office

Victim-Witness Assistance Center

Provides information and support to victims and their families through side by side accompaniment to court procedures, intervention with employers, counseling referrals and referrals to Women’s Shelters, the Sexual Assault Recovery Program and Adult Protection Services for seniors.  Staff is available for community presentation to groups.
http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/DA/Victim_Witness.htm

1035 Palm Street Room 384, San Luis Obipso, Phone: 805-781-5821

Consumer Protection Advisory/Economic Crime

Specializes in bad checks, fraud, Internet and other scams and all areas of consumer protection services.  Staff is available for community presentations to groups.
http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/DA/Economic_Crime_Unit.htm

1050 Monterey Street Room 223, San Luis Obipso, Phone: 805-781-5856

Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP)

HICAP HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare.  Volunteer counselors can help you understand your specific rights and health care options.  HICAP also offers free educational presentations to groups of Medicare beneficiaries, their families and/or providers on a variety of Medicare and other health insurance related topics.  Serves San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
http://www.cahealthadvocates.org/HICAP/santabarbara.html

528 South Broadway, Santa Maria, Phone: 805-928-5663

ILRC – Independent Living Resource Center

ILRC Statewide non-profit advocacy organization which serves individuals with disabilities or functional limitations.  ILRC provides information on housing, employment and benefits assistance.  It encourages persons with disabilities to actively participate in the community at every level.  Local offices in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
http://www.ilrc-trico.org/home.html

7425 El Camino Real                 327 E. Plaza Drive, Suite 3A                423 West Victoria Street
Atascadero Santa MariaSanta Barbara
805-462-1162 805-925-0015805-963-0595
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League of Women Voters – San Luis Obispo County

LWV The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  Has volunteers who are able to do presentations to community groups on bills, propositions.  Conducts political forums for candidates for local and state offices.
http://www.slo.ca.lwvnet.org/
Phone: 805-782-4040

Long Term Care Ombudsman Services – San Luis Obispo County

Long Term Care Advocacy, complaint investigation and problem resolutions in long term care facilities (nursing homes, board & care, etc.).  Placement information for families, monitoring visits, no fees for services.  Witnessing of Advance Health Care Directives.
http://ombudsmanslo.org/

3232 So. Higuera, Suite 101 B San Luis Obispo, Phone: 805-785-0132,
24 Hour Emergency Services: 1-800-231-4024 (National Hotline)

Senior Legal Services Project

The Senior Legal Services Project provides free legal services to seniors aged 60 and older in San Luis Obispo County.  The Project offers individuals confidential advice and counsel by appointment.  It is especially concerned that those most in need receive assistance housing needs (landlord-tenant, evictions, nursing homes and board and care situations), and protection from elder abuse situations.

http://slolegalalternatives.org/our-programs/senior-legal-services-project/
Phone: 805-543-5140

SUREPATH Consumer Credit Counseling

Surepath Credit Counseling Service organization providing caring, innovative solutions to assist consumers in handling financial challenges such as credit card debt, debt counseling and foreclosure issues.

http://www.surepath.org/
Phone: 877-615-7873

Wilshire Community Services

Wilshire A non-profit organization which supports individuals and families throughout San Luis Obispo County who are facing challenging circumstances and difficult life transitions.  Learn more about their outstanding programs: 

http://www.wilshirecommunityservices.org/
Phone: 805-547-7025

Senior Peer Counseling Senior Peer Counseling (SPC) offers empathetic listening and guidance by professionally trained volunteer counselors who help seniors navigate the ups and downs of grief, loss, depression and other life challenges.
Caring Callers make free, weekly in-home visits to lonely or isolated seniors.  The program’s mission is to help frail, homebound seniors form positive social connections. Caring Callers
Creative Mediation Creative Mediation (CM) provides dispute resolution, facilitation and training services to help San Luis Obiso County residents have the difficult conversations that move them from conflict to resolution.
Good Neighbor Wilshire Community Services is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative new volunteer effort designed to bridge the gaps in safety net services for seniors 55+ and adults 18+ with disabilities in San Luis Obispo County. Good Neighbor
Clearings Clearings Elder depression screening and therapy.
Wilshire Hospice (Phone 805-782-8608) has an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, spiritual counselors, medical social workers, bereavement staff, therapists and volunteers who work in concert to provide patients and their families with a full range of hospice and palliative care services that emphasizes quality of life, choice, dignity and family in the dying process. Hospice