Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

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By the County of Santa Barbara

More than 1,900 people are experiencing homelessness in Santa Barbara County. To help these individuals and families stay warm this winter, the Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office is accepting donations of sleeping bags, hats, gloves, jackets, clothing, socks, shoes, hygiene products, thermal underwear, scarves and backpacks.

New or lightly used donations are being accepted during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Public Defender’s offices.  The Santa Barbara office is located at, 1100 Anacapa Street.  The Santa Maria office is located at 312-P East Cook Street, Building A. Physical donations may be made through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Financial donations will also be accepted, for the purchase of new sleeping bags and undergarments, and are tax deductible through the Public Defender’s partnership with Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara.  Financial donations may be made online through the following website, 2022 Sleeping Bag Drive | Family Service Agency (givebox.com) .  Donations of items will not be accepted at Family Service Agency.

In order to receive donated goods, those experiencing homelessness will need to attend a distribution event on Friday, Dec. 15 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. or until supplies last at each office of the Public Defender. Homeless outreach teams and community partners are currently working to inform clients of the donations that will be made available to them at the event. For more information, contact the County Public Defender’s office; in Santa Barbara, call (805) 568-3470; in Santa Maria, call (805) 346-7500.

For more information about the County of Santa Barbara government organization, go to www.countyofsb.org.

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ZeroHawk Nov 28, 2022 03:11 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

That is wonderful! However, it's just a bandaid.
How about more actually affordable housing? How about more jobs? How about taking care of the mentally ill rather than throw them out on the street? How about addiction assistance for those in need?

fitz Nov 28, 2022 03:24 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

I would give a sleeping bag if I knew the person would not sleep outdoors in our store/office entryways or on the sidewalk or at a campsite where an illegal fire is burning which might spread and burn down a house or business.

sacjon Nov 28, 2022 03:35 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

FITZ - so basically all the circumstances under which a homeless person would need a sleeping bag. What about a park? Will you give them a sleeping bag to sleep in a park?

Basicinfo805 Nov 28, 2022 03:30 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

There’s no amount of “affordable housing” that’ll solve the homeless crisis. And guess what, there are TONS of jobs - take a look around, so many businesses are posting signs up for workers. The problem is most of those who should get a job don’t want it.

sacjon Nov 28, 2022 03:41 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

"The problem is most of those who should get a job don’t want it." - Not sure that's true. How many able-minded and capable homeless people are turning down jobs? I mean aside from the gutter punk "urban travelers" who shouldn't ever be lumped in with the homeless.

RHS Nov 28, 2022 06:09 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

Basicinfo: The fallacy in your thinking is to assume that all the homeless have skills sufficient to qualify and sustain the work available. We have to remember that for as many as are above average there are an equal amount below average. This is a bell curve. Our society has neglected and even disparaged the low skill workers and the money paid to them is insufficient to sustain the needs of a real life. Helping these folks does not equate to giving alms to Musk.

ZeroHawk Nov 29, 2022 09:46 AM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

Basic is right, however those jobs are low paying, no benes. No one, and I mean no one, can work two of those jobs and even afford a split room in town. that is where we are now and we've let the land barons control that and control our community.

oops Nov 28, 2022 04:12 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

is this just encouraging camping that eventually just lead to more litter the fwy offramps? I appreciate the out reach but not sure this is the answer. Is it similar to giving panhandlers cash

Golffoxtrotyankee Nov 28, 2022 05:32 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

Newsom just gave California 1 BILLION dollars of our tax money, for counties to help the homeless. I’ll keep my old bag. That being said most cities have turned the homeless into a big business money machine look it up. As for Santa Barbara, I don’t see people down on their luck or lost a job, to me it looks like mental illness, drug addiction and some just want to be street people with no rules. If you can afford to buy alcohol and meth everyday you can afford a sleeping bag.

sacjon Nov 28, 2022 05:41 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

GOLF - uh... how many homeless to you see? All of them? Do you ask all of them why they're homeless? Of course you don't. If you did, you'd know that a lot of those who are able to accept and hold jobs aren't sleeping in bushes, but at friend's homes, halfway houses or in their cars.

As for the spending habits of addicts.... bootstraps, eh? Just quit your addiction and buy a sleeping bag. Problem solved. Not.

Golffoxtrotyankee Nov 28, 2022 07:17 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

I'm not talking about the homeless at the mission looking for a roof and food sac. Those people have to be somewhat sober and sane. I’m talking about the lady with the meth pipe smoking a block from the Milpas off ramp fire, as fire crews were trying to put it out a few months back. Do i expect her to stop her addiction? NO! And you shouldn’t expect me to give her a sleeping bag. Another thing, is if a homeless person in Bakersfield hears you can camp on shoreline beach year round, why wouldn’t you come here? The city needs to let it be known that Santa Barbara is not a come one come all town. If you really think all these people are local your high.

ZeroHawk Nov 29, 2022 09:48 AM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

been here since 82 man...and it's always been this way in town and always will be. think back in the early 80s, the 101 stop light and the fig tree. that tree hosted so many crusty kids and stinky hippies traveling. when you have a town that is more or less, one way in and one way out....people gather here.

Hazel Nov 29, 2022 09:29 AM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

I have no problem giving out sleeping bags to those that comply with the restrictions that come with the gift.... I would rather however like to find a way to incentivize them to leave our City and County. I am pleased by the progress that has been made clearing brush and vegetation away from our highways. It appears to be having an effect on the number and size of encampments I see. The City/County must continue in this clearing effort in hopes that it will drive these folks in search of locations that are "not here".

sacjon Nov 29, 2022 09:47 AM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

Everyone keeps thinking this is some incentivizing attempt or something. No. It's simply, solely, ultimately, a HUMAN BEING thing. It's cold outside. People, yes human beings, freeze to death every winter here in SB. It's about helping out those who are the worst stage of their lives by donating warm clothes/sleeping bags/blankets, whatever. To hear so many here nitpick and hem and haw about putting restrictions on their "donations," it's sad. If you care about others, just hand out an old jacket or something. If not, search inside your heart and figure out what's wrong. Santa is watching!

mm1970 Nov 29, 2022 11:00 AM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

Why would you incentivize them to leave? What if this is their home? I mean, sure, some of them came here from elsewhere, but a fair % of them are from here, or were living here when they became homeless.

SBSand Nov 29, 2022 01:59 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

I have some sleeping bags to get rid of but it doesn't sound like a very easy location to drop off at! Unless there is a spot to pull up next to where someone on site can just grab them? Maybe they could partner with a church or someplace that has an easy in and easy out parking lot.

szq Nov 29, 2022 05:19 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

I am 70 and still working. It really bugs me when an able-bodied young woman and ESPECIALLY when an able-bodied young man ask me, a female, senior citizen for my money.
Do people realize HOW hard most people work (and have worked hard all their lives) to afford to live or retire in this magical place> (Rhetorical) Now it is home to ANYONE who wants to live here even if they want to litter and scare people?? Common sense. We have let this get way out of control.

sacjon Nov 29, 2022 05:30 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

SZQ - build what? The County is simply asking for donations of warm clothes to give people who don't have homes to sleep in during the cold weather so they don't, you know..... die.

Also, how do you know they're "able-bodied?" Is anyone not in a wheelchair considered "able-bodied" and able to work? It's great that you take the time to speak with all of them and find out this information before deciding whether they're worth your old blankets or not.

Basicinfo805 Nov 29, 2022 05:57 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

It’s a rhetorical “build it” and it means building a place where people who have zero resources or willingness to work for a living can come and. hang around in of most expensive areas in the country. Your wheelchair example is not what anyone’s even talking about.

sacjon Nov 30, 2022 09:01 AM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

BASIC - the wheelchair reference was in the context of SZQ's comment about "able-bodied" homeless people, which was exactly what SZQ was "talking about" in the comment at 5:19.

Bird Nov 29, 2022 09:07 PM
Sleeping Bag Drive for Those Experiencing Homeless

I think this is a wonderful offer but I also think that some of that State money should go into buying warm clothes and sleeping bags rather than expecting/hoping that residents will supply them. I'd guess that the money that goes into local staff to carry out the SB part of Newsom's offer of $1billion would buy quite a few pieces of warm clothing. I don't have any extra warm clothing, this is SB, who has the needed down or faux-down jackets for street living?, but I do have a sleeping bag that I'll keep.

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