Housing Santa Barbara is dedicated to advocating for increased affordable housing opportunities for all members of the Santa Barbara community. Housing affordability is vital for people from all income group and for our entire community. Santa Barbara is facing a housing affordability crisis. We partner with other local agencies and supportive services providers to aid community members in their search for affordable housing.
Explore our website to learn more about our mission, our annual Housing Santa Barbara Day event, our current Affordable Housing Resource Guide, and more. We live in a beautiful place; let’s work together towards making it more affordable!
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Tax season is here! The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program has started as of February 16, 2021. The VITA program offers free tax help to local residents who make $67,000 or less annually. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing. This year, VITA will be operating remotely on a drop-off basis at two locations.
CommUnify’s HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) can help those in financial need prevent service interruption or restore disconnected utility services. Assistance payments are provided for gas, electric, oil, wood or propane services.
The County of Santa Barbara is offering Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance through United Way of Santa Barbara County to eligible County of Santa Barbara residents, that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support. This Emergency Rent Assistance Program is intended to prevent homelessness by providing rent assistance to residents. Upon application approval, applicants may receive up to $6,000 over 3 months toward rental and utility expenses. Applicants can re-apply every 3 months up to maximum of 15 months. Assistance payments to applicants will be paid directly to landlord and/or utility providers on behalf of the applicant.
Accessory Dwelling Units Workshop: Learn What's New With ADUs,
this workshop summarized the main amendments to the City’s ADU ordinance and provided information about applying for a permit and removing the owner occupancy provision from existing covenants. Followed by a Q&A with Planning and Building & Safety staff.
Housing Santa Barbara Day 2020 Virtual Workshops, due to the COVID-19 pandemic were virtual. We hosted a week of eight virtual workshops. All workshops were recorded and available on our website.
Catholic Charities of Santa Barbara offers emergency rental and utility assistance for Santa Barbara residents facing financial hardships. Federal EFSP and HPRP funds are allocated countywide to provide rental and utility financial assistance to income-qualifying clients, specifically to prevent eviction or to assist a homeless family moving into housing. Working with their Client Resource Coordinator, together they develop a manageable plan to budget for future rental/utility payments. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (805) 965 - 7045.
Housing Santa Barbara Day is a day advocating for increased affordable housing opportunities for all Santa Barbara residents from all income groups. HSBD is a free public event for community members to connect with local non-profit agencies and service providers that are able to provide resources and guidance in the search for affordable housing.
Change starts with action and together as a community we can improve housing affordability and increase housing opportunities for all. Housing affordability is vital for our homeless population, low-income residents, and all workers in the industries that support our community. We live in a beautiful place; let’s work together towards making it more affordable.
Finding affordable housing in Santa Barbara is challenging! The Santa Barbara Affordable Housing Resource Guide, is an annual guide listing local agencies and supportive services providers in our community that are committed to increasing housing affordability. Explore the guide to learn about current available assistance to guide you in the search for housing.