Atascadero Warming Center

The Atascadero Warming Center (AWC) is open from November 1 through April 15 when the temperature is forecast to be 40 degrees or less and/or there is a 50% chance or greater of rain.

The center is located at The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer at 4500 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422.  It is open at 7:00 pm every evening to all who need shelter with a maximum occupancy of 49.

Questions about the center can be directed to 805-466-5404 or to the Operations Manager, Susan Macari at 


Medically Fragile Homeless

The Medically Fragile Homeless (MFH) program provides housing for medically fragile persons in San Luis Obispo County who are referred by an agency, organization or hospital with a medically verified need for non-congregate 24/7, temporary housing.  Housing may be provided from 3 to 90 days dependent upon need and availability.

The primary goal is physical recovery without readmission to the hospital.  MFH also provides shelter to persons who have need of housing to enter a hospice care program where the goal for the person is to die in the dignity of housing with the care of hospice.

The program does not provide medical care to those who are housed but ensures that the person has access to meet their basic needs, including transportation to medical appointments.  The referring agency is responsible to ensure any follow up medical care or in home services that are needed.

MFH provides supportive services and coordinated case management to ensure physical recovery, access to income sources, connection to services and a more permanent housing alternative at exit of the program.  MFH works with all existing case managers to ensure coordination of goals, services and follow through. 

Referral Process

To begin the referral process for a person in need, please call our housing intake line and leave a brief description of the circumstances for the referral at 805-674-3827  The following forms must be completed, signed and received allowing the MFH Oversight Team to evaluate the referral, the priority of placement, availability and timing. 

All forms are PDF files. Fax the completed forms below to:  805-462-8901

MFH Referral  

Verification of Medical Need

MFH Application

Release of Information  (DSS 815) 

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.