TMHA houses over 300 clients annually, and we offer programs for individuals at every level of need. All of TMHA’s Supportive Housing Programs require a referral from San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Services, County of Santa Barbara Department of Behavioral Wellness, or an authorized homeless services provider located within the Central Coast of California. TMHA is an Equal Housing Opportunity provider under the Fair Housing Act.

Whatever the Level of Need

We assist our clients in creating and sustaining a home they can count on. We all know how important it is to have a home - somewhere to feel safe and secure and develop roots to grow. It's no surprise that stable housing and recovery go hand-in-hand. At TMHA, we not only provide a safe place, we match housing with varying levels of care, based on each individual's needs.

Young people (ages 11-17) receive treatment and practice social, educational and independent living skills in a home with 24-hour supervision and therapeutic care.

We also offer transitional housing for adults learning to stabilize symptoms and develop independent living skills. To those with a history of homelessness, we provide housing and support focused on reintegration into the community. Other participants live independently in affordable TMHA housing, sharing household responsibilities and interacting with the community at large.

San Luis Obispo County

Bishop Street Studios


Bishop Street Studios was a remarkable opportunity to take a renowned building that has been left in disrepair for decades and turn it into a valuable community resource. Above all, it was an opportunity to become the community we are meant to be: healthy, balanced and inclusive. The old Sunny Acres Orphanage above Johnson Avenue was abandoned for 45 years. Renovation of the original 1931 building along with the addition of three new structures was completed in November 2019. TMHA and Housing Authority San Luis Obispo (HASLO) joined forces for an historical partnership to create 33 one-person units of affordable housing for adults living with mental illness. Click here for KSBY News coverage of our November 2019 Grand Opening



70NOW is a multidisciplinary case management team model developed to house the 70 most vulnerable homeless adults in the County using a Housing First approach. The 70NOW Program is a collaboration between TMHA, CAPSLO, the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) and the County Department of Social Services (DSS). The team is made up of a Nurse, Psychiatric Technician, Therapist and Peer Support Specialist through TMHA. There is also a Housing Specialist and a Drug and Alcohol Specialist provided by CAPSLO. Together, the team works to house the 70 most vulnerable homeless adults and has 70 housing choice vouchers through HASLO to help that happen.

Adult Transitional Program (ATP)


ATP provides a home-like setting where adults with mental illness are supported in their efforts to acquire and apply interpersonal and independent-living skills. ATP is a transitional program with a maximum stay of 12 months; it is licensed to house 12 people and is staffed 24 hours.

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Community Residential Program


Community Residential Program services and activities are provided in the residents’ homes and within the immediate community. Residents are assisted in their efforts to gain the skills needed to make choices that reflect their own values, preferences, and goals; supports are developed to meet each person’s needs and to empower each individual to attain their highest level of independence possible. Community Housing (CH) and Residential Case Management Program offers long-term, affordable housing in a stable and supportive environment for adult residents of San Luis Obispo County who are experiencing mental health difficulties. Full Service Partnership (FSP) Housing Program provides 24/7 intensive community-based wrap around services to help people in recovery live independently.

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Nelson Street Studios


Nelson Street Studios is a development of 5 studio units plus laundry room, carport and garage in Arroyo Grande. We provide affordable housing for low and very low income residents in South San Luis Obispo County who have a diagnosed mental illness and referred from the Behavioral Health Department. This community is located next to our Wellness Center, in the City’s downtown historic area. The Wellness Center on site continues to be used for rehabilitation programs for South County residents and their family members. Programs include independent living skills education, employment preparation, support groups, and family support and counseling.

Nipomo Street Studios


Nipomo Street Studios is supported living that consists of 8 individual studio units and on-site laundry facility located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo and next door to the SLO Wellness Center’s location. Services, shops, pharmacy, bank, restaurants, and employment opportunities are all within easy walking distance. All units are fully furnished and complete with all house wares and linens. Residential and support services are provided on-site.

Permanent Supportive Housing


Permanent Supportive Housing Program has 57 rooms in a variety of houses and apartments for disabled chronically homeless individuals and family members with housing units in San Luis Obispo, Los Osos, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach. Entry into the program is through a Coordinated Entry process where the most vulnerable San Luis Obispo County residents are identified and placed as openings occur. As there are no maximum length of stay, program tenants can remain in the housing program for as long as they remain eligible and require supportive housing assistance.

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Youth Treatment Program (YTP)


YTP is an innovative, trauma-informed residential treatment program serving youth from San Luis Obispo County who need therapeutic structure and support to learn the social, emotional, and cognitive skills to thrive in their relationships with adults and in this community.

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Santa Barbara County

Homebase on G


Homebase on G first occupied in December 2009, is a mixed-use apartment complex in Lompoc which includes 37 single room occupancy studios, some reserved for adults with disabilities. Services to some of the residents who have a mental illness are provided by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) program, Lompoc Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), which provides 24/7/365 community-based wrap around services to help people in recovery live independently. The entire complex is managed by the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County (HASBC).

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Rancho Hermosa


Rancho Hermosa, fully occupied in 2011, is a 47 unit affordable housing community in Santa Maria, primarily for families. There are also 4 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom units that are funded by The Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services' (ADMHS) Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) housing funds, which allow for individuals and families that are receiving services from Supportive Housing Services (SHS) to reside at Rancho Hermosa. Also, families that have children with mental health issues have an opportunity to reside at Rancho Hermosa. The entire complex is managed by the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County (HASBC). The Santa Maria Recovery Learning Community (RLC) is also located on the site in a 2,000 square foot space provided rent-free. The RLC presence allows all adults that so choose to receive peer run mental health services close to home.

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