Transitional Food and Shelter operates the Medically Fragile Homeless program, a county-wide service, based in Atascadero and the Atascadero Warming Center which serves those living in Atascadero and surrounding areas.


      Housing, Helping, Healing

The Medically Fragile Homeless program (MFH) provides small, individual housing, supportive services and case management for the medically fragile homeless in San Luis Obispo County which it has operated since 2001.

Temporary housing is provided for persons who have a medically verified need for 24/7 non-congregate care for a period of 3 to 90 days.  Those in need of MFH housing must be referred by an agency, organization, physician and/or hospital. 

MFH is behaviorally based, has no income requirement, and allows other members of the client’s immediate household including one pet to live in the unit.

The Atascadero Warming Center (AWC) is open November 1st through April 15th when the temperature is forecast to be 40 degrees or less and/or there is a 50% chance or greater of rain. The low barrier, behaviorally based center provides meals, clothing and other services through a volunteer effort.

The goal of the shelter is to provide a warm, safe and welcoming environment that serves as a navigation center to connect those seeking shelter (individuals and families) with the services they need.

In 2019-2020, the center will be located at The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atascadero through the generosity of their Pastor and parishioners.

AWC always needs volunteers to provide a meal and/or chaperone.  Sign-ups can be done on-line at:
TakeThemaMeal.com - Enter Atascadero Warming Center as the last name and 2020 as the password.
Signupgenius.com - Click search button at the top on the right and enter this email address:  joycedw2020@gmail.com                 

Our Mission
is to provide behaviorally based, low barrier access to shelter through temporary around-the-clock housing and supportive services for those persons in San Luis Obispo County who are homeless and medically fragile while providing an overnight warming and navigation center for those who are homeless in Atascadero and surrounding area during the winter season.