San Luis Obispo County Veterans Services Office
  • The SLO County Veterans Services Office (CVSO) is currently closed to public foot traffic but representatives are still available via telephone appointment to provide veterans and family members access to veterans’ benefits. Clients needing to drop off physical documents can still do so by dropping them through the mail slot at the main office at 801 Grand Ave. San Luis Obispo CA. 93401.
  • The CVSO primarily serves the County to provide Veterans and family members assistance with accessing VA benefits. However, the staff is available to answer all questions pertaining to Veteran support.
  • Appointments and can be made by calling: (805) 781- 5768
  • Faxes can still be sent to: (805) 781- 5769
  • Keep up to date on Veteran programs relating to COVID19 and the most recent VA News Letter providing up-to-date support services on the CVSO Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SLOCountyVets/
 Veteran Employment Services
  • Veterans experiencing unemployment due to COVID19 should contact the Veterans Representative at the America’s Job Center in San Luis Obispo by calling (805) 903-1400.
  • Visit https://www.careeronestop.org/ for more information regarding employment support for Veterans.
 VA Medical Clinic
  • Veterans can still make medical appointments by contacting the VA San Luis Obispo Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located at 1288 Morrow Street, Ste 200, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
  • Veterans needing access to healthcare at the CBOC can schedule an appointment by calling (805) 543-1233.
 Behavioral Health Resources
  • There are several options for Veterans seeking access to behavioral health resources.
  • If you are a Veteran in crisis, or concerned about a Veteran in crisis, please call the Veteran Crisis Line at 1 (800) 273-8255 and press 1, or by texting 838255.
  • Veterans can also counseling by contacting the San Luis Obispo CBOC by calling (805) 543-1233
  • If you are a combat Veteran seeking counseling services, please contact the San Luis Obispo Vet Center by calling (805) 782-9101. For assistance after hours, on weekends or holidays, please call 1 (877) WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387)
  • Veterans seeking support through the San Luis Obispo Behavioral Health Department can call the Access Line at 1(800) 838-1381.
 Transportation Services 
 VA Debt Management Relief
  • The VA announced on April 3rd that they are suspending all actions on Veteran debts under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department.
  • Veterans are encouraged to call the VA Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648 to discuss any debts associated with a Veteran’s benefits.
  • Veterans are also encouraged to contact the Health Resource Center at 1-888-827-4817 for Veterans seeking relief for healthcare debts.
  • More information can be found here.

COVID Coach App

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the launch of the COVID Coach app, a new mobile app designed to help both Veterans and civilians cope with feelings of stress and anxiety they may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The app includes practical tools, information and resources that can all be used from the safety of one’s home to track well-being, mood swings and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
  • A personal goal setting tracker can help users work toward achieving small victories. The mindfulness and sleep tools can be helpful for improving mental health and well-being. The indoor activities tool and staying healthy recommendations have been specifically tailored to the current COVID-19 situation.
  • “VA wants to make sure Veterans have access to every resource available,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “The COVID Coach app provides tools and information to stay mentally and physically healthy.” 
  • Direct links to resources are available within the app for those who may need additional professional support. The COVID Coach can be used independently or while engaged in mental health treatment but is not intended to replace needed professional care.
  • COVID Coach was developed by VA’s National Center for PTSD’s Mobile Mental Health Team, in conjunction with the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Download the app on iOS and Android devices or from VA’s Mobile App Store. Contact MobileMentalHealth@va.gov regarding questions about COVID Coach.

The National Center for PTSD has information and resources for managing stress during COVID-19 outbreak.

 Veterans Emergency Housing Assistance

The SSVF Program Office has recently issued additional guidance that SSVF grantees have the ability to place enrolled homeless SSVF program participants in temporary housing (motels and hotels) while working towards a permanent housing placement. Please understand that EHA is only available to SSVF enrolled participants who are homeless. If you are a community partner/provider that has a Homeless Veteran in need of housing assistance, please refer them to our SSVF programs for screening and potential intake. Please send any referrals to us despite the EHA guidance below. Coordination from the referring agency of any documentation such as ID, SSN, income verification, etc would be greatly appreciated so that we can expedite screenings and enrollments.

Emergency Housing Assistance (EHA) can only be used for high-risk Veterans that meet the following criteria:

  1. Veterans over the age of 60 And/Or
  2. Veterans with autoimmune disorders or weakened immune systems.
  3. Veterans with respiratory disease or impacted lung function.

*Please note that Veterans who are symptomatic with COVID-19 should not be referred for these emergency housing placements as SSVF grantees do not have the capacity to place and adequately monitor such patients.  

Referral should be sent to the following providers based on region: 

 Five Cities and South County Region
Good Samaritan SSVF

Office Phone Number: (805) 202-3056

Office Fax Number: (866) 681-4580

POC Name: Marc Durham

Email: mdurham@goodsamaritanshelter.org

Referral Form

 San Luis Obispo and Coastal Regions
CAPSLO SSVF-San Luis Obispo Office

Office Phone Number: (805) 534-1698

Office Fax Number: (805) 534-9425

POC Name: John Erwin

POC Cell Phone Number: (805) 503-0615

Email: jerwin@capslo.org

Referral Form

 North County Region
CAPSLO SSVF-Paso Robles Office

Office Phone Number: (805) 237-0352

Office Fax Number: (805) 237-0351

POC Name: Jory Rogers

POC Cell Phone Number: (805) 503-0944

Email: jrogers@capslo.org

Referral Form