Community Helps Decorate New Veteran Housing

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Community Helps Decorate New Veteran Housing
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Community members joined the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) to help decorate and furnish studio apartments for veterans this weekend.

Johnson Court, located at 813 E. Carrillo Street, contains 16 studio units that will be dedicated to housing veterans coming from homelessness. This keeps with the wishes of the former property owners, the Johnson family, whose father had served in the military. Each studio averages 319 square feet for very low and low-income veterans. There is a one-bedroom manager’s unit and amenities including on-site supportive services, common courtyard, community room, laundry facilities, elevators, one bike parking space per unit, and 7 parking spaces.

The Santa Barbara Foundation donated household goods and furnishings for each studio. During a "Day of Service" on Saturday, local volunteers set up and arranged each of the room with the donations to prepare for the resident's move in. 

“While we serve veterans across our affordable Housing, Johnson Court is dedicated to serving our homeless veterans population, “said Rob Fredericks, CEO and Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara. “We are proud to join with our community partners in support of our homelessness veterans who have served our country,” said Fredericks.

All units will be subsidized with Project-Based Housing Choice Vouchers, making rent affordable at 30% of residents’ income. Local data shows there are 210 homeless veterans on our streets - with an average age of 52.9 years, and the oldest veteran reported to be 84 years old. The proposed housing will meet the needs of veterans with special needs, disabilities, who are seniors, and any combination of these realities veterans experience.

The supportive service provider is New Beginnings Counseling Center who operates from a housing first model to help end veteran homelessness. The program’s goal is to help veterans attain housing stability through short-term case management and financial assistance. It focuses on serving those in danger of losing their housing, and those who are homeless and need assistance in obtaining permanent, traditional housing.

Other general partners include Garden Court, Inc., 2nd Story Associates, and the Hearthstone Housing Foundation. The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara will serve as the property manager.

Johnson Court is expected to open later this month.

Johnson Court Rendering (Photo: HACSB)
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a-1581434225 Feb 11, 2020 07:17 AM
Community Helps Decorate New Veteran Housing

THANK YOU JOHNSON FAMILY for your generosity! 210 Veterans in need, 16 to be safely sheltered. May more locals choose to follow your stellar example . Deployed returning vets must remain our highest priority. If uncertain, go see see 1917 at Paseo Nuevo or other war documentaries, watch the news or History Channel, or read US History books to be reminded of their courage of the deployed to enable each of us to pursue life, liberty and happiness.

a-1581437744 Feb 11, 2020 08:15 AM
Community Helps Decorate New Veteran Housing

VA runs a special program dedicated to this group called "homeless veterans". Look up the Veterans Administration website and learn what our tax dollars have already been long supporting. No one has abandoned them. However, it may have been their own choice not take advantage of the services and benefits long made available for them. Check out the VA website and let Congressman Salud Carbajal know where you think they are still deficient.

cherplan Feb 11, 2020 09:42 AM
Community Helps Decorate New Veteran Housing

So proud of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and those decorating volunteers. Real Santa Barbara spirit of humanity shown
in this depressing world.

ChillinGrillin Feb 13, 2020 01:13 AM
Community Helps Decorate New Veteran Housing

Good work reversing some of the systematic neglect and abuse of US veterans by their government and leaders. Politicians are quick to use veterans for photo ops. Or even to escape a planned debate with an opponent by raising money for them, then pocketing it. Most tragic, those who claim to "support the troops" the most are the most likely to cut their benefits and screw them over. We should all remember the condition of Walter Reed Medical Center during Iraq and resolve to never treat warriors like that again. They are not a budget line item or mascots!

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