Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Support & Resources for Families
Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This material is intended for Californian families experiencing the severe economic consequences resulting from novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and shares resources and offers supportive information on ways Californians can take care of themselves and their families during the pandemic.
Both the English and Spanish versions are accessible
Family Resource Center Advocates are available to families countywide. Download this flyer for the following contact information:
Financial relief options document from CAPSLO. This is an excellent resource for assisting families. This is in English (with a Spanish version linked at the top):
CAPSLO Financial Resource Specialist, Gaby Solis, can assist families with managing money, prioritizing bills and navigating resources. Contact Gaby at (805) 440-3995.
SLO County COVID-19 Resource List:
This new rapid response list developed and maintained by Monica Anderson, CAPSLO 2-1-1 Community Resource Specialist, compiles services and resources available while our community is responding to the coronavirus crisis. Topics include Basic Needs, Children, Seniors, Virus Related Information, and Social Media Resources, and include local financial assistance and food resources as well as many other useful items.
This "living document" is designed for viewing by providers working with the public rather than by the general public directly. It is a Google spreadsheet that anyone can view. To add or change listings, contact Monica Anderson at manderson <at> capslo.org.
Free School Meals for Children Ages 0-18 in San Luis Obispo County
School districts across the county are closed but most are providing free meals at pick-up locations for all children ages 0-18.
The SLO Food Bank has a list of all the school meals information for SLO County on one webpage with a downloadable flyer in English and Spanish: www.slofoodbank.org/food-locator/
Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC)
WIC is accepting applications. If you or your clients have been financially affected by recent events and are pregnant, just had a baby or have children under the age of five, WIC is accepting applications for new families and is here to help provide healthy foods and other resources.
Eligible families, including dads, grandparents and foster parents caring for eligible children, should contact:
San Luis Obispo County WIC Program
North County: (805) 237-3065
South County: (805) 473-7130
San Luis Obispo & Coastal: (805) 781-5570
Text SLOWIC to 85511
All WIC services including enrollments are being conducting via telephone or Zoom.
A short eligibility tool is available at: m.wic.ca.gov/Eligibility/EligibilityAssessment.aspx
Parent Coaching: Domestic Stress Resource
In these increasingly stressful times, when families may be confined to very small spaces with active young children and crying babies, it is critical that parents get the support they need to care for their children in a loving way. Domestic violence reports are on the rise locally. One thing you can do to help prevent child abuse is refer at-risk parents to a parent coach.
Parent Coaches are professionals with years of experience. They build parental strengths, encourage self-care practices, and help parents find age-appropriate parenting strategies. Coaching can help a parent find calm in the chaos and stay focused on what is most important - the parent-child relationship. Download flyer here.
Parents can call directly to schedule a phone session:
Family Support Services: Pandemic Updates
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) is providing support for families during the COVID-19 health crisis. Learn more here, https://capslo.org/covid19/. Resources include:
The Link Family Resource Center's Family Advocates provide bilingual support to families countywide. For services available during the health crisis please call (805) 466-5404. To make a referral, or contact a Family Advocate in your community, visit this document.
For family resources and support in Spanish, please call Promotores Collaborative of San Luis Obispo County Program Coordinator Fernanda Lucas at (805) 462-7135. The Promotores continue providing interpretation for Monolingual families at all the Behavioral Health Clinics of San Luis Obispo County.
Pregnancy & Parenting Support of San Luis Obispo County serves families with children 0 – 2 years old and is open by appointment only. Call the office at (805) 541-3367, leave a message, and the bilingual staff will call back to schedule an appointment. Supplies available include diapers, wipes, formula, infant and toddler clothing, and more. https://ppsslo.org/
School Readiness First 5 San Luis Obispo County: This program works with families with children ages 0 - 5 in North County and South County. Support is available by phone, see below.
SLO Family Resource Center Family Advocate Mariana Guittierez serves families in San Luis Obispo. Please call or text her at (805) 458-5499.
The SAFE Family Resource Centers continue to be available for communities during the health crisis by working remotely.
Stand Strong (formerly the Women's Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County) provides support and resources to end domestic violence. Stand Strong is operating remotely and coordinating services by phone. The shelter is still operating and the Crisis Line can answer shelter inquiries. Please use the numbers below to assist clients:
RISE serves both victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault/abuse and their loved ones with comprehensive programs, services and resources. Crisis, advocacy, legal and counseling services are available by phone in English and Spanish. The shelter is still operating and honoring the "shelter in place"order. Contact RISE through the toll free 24/7 crisis line (855) 886-7473.
Lactation Services for New Mothers
For the current status of lactation services in SLO County, go to: www.centralcoastbreastfeeding.com
Family Resource Center Directory
A full listing of Family Resource Centers in San Luis Obispo County can be found here. Please note that services and hours of operation may be modified due to COVID-19.
Looking for more SLO County COVID-19-related health information?
Medi-Cal Outreach Navigation
Families now have access to a new support program for applying for Medi-Cal benefits in San Luis Obispo County. Promotores Medi-Cal Outreach Navigators are available to all community members to provide education, outreach and enrollment navigation services for Medi-Cal benefits in English and Spanish.
Families can be referred directly to:
Silvia Santini, Medi-Cal Scheduler/Navigator
(805) 788-8247, Medifirstname.lastname@example.org
Local Information Line
Dignity Health is providing a Community COVID-19 Hotline.
The lines are staffed Monday through Friday 8am - 8pm,
and weekends 8am - 4:30pm. If calling after hours, leave a message and the call will be returned as soon as possible. For more information visit,
Download the Family Resource Center Directory and contact the appropriate Family Resource Center for help from an advocate or other staff member.
Family Resource Centers can help with non-medical needs too, such as food, clothing, and shelter.