County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

The Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC) is applying for $2,272,896 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the work of local homeless service providers. 
The 2019 Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC) application and priority listing will be submitted as the 2019 CoC Consolidated Application to HUD by the September 30, 2019 deadline for the 2019 national competition. The County expects to hear announcements on CoC HUD funding in spring 2020. 
The County of Santa Barbara is the lead agency for the CoC and responsible for coordinating the application process and submitting the final application to HUD on behalf of local agencies. The request includes several project types: Transitional Housing (TH), Rapid Re-Housing (RRH), Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), Coordinated Entry System (CES), and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
On September 12, the CoC Board approved funding recommendations from an independent review panel for this year’s grant application. The priority list detailed below can also be found on the County’s Housing and Community Development Division website under “2019 HUD Continuum of Care Local Priority Listing.”
Highlights from the 2019 CoC Collaborative application include:
  • 10 percent reduction in first-time homelessness
  • 5 percent increase in exits to permanent housing
  • Partnership with the County’s Workforce Development Board to encourage employment
  • Enhanced coordinated outreach and engagement county-wide by agencies working to end homelessness
Through the Continuum of Care, community stakeholders engage on the issues facing Santa Barbara County's individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and other at-risk populations, and become part of the solutions being offered to address those challenges. The CoC utilizes the Coordinated Entry System (CES) and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to track progress and provide continuity of care for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. These service-tracking systems coordinate providers, interventions and services to help persons transition from homelessness to permanent housing. Information collected helps define gaps and inform funding decisions to maximize resources for the greatest impact on reducing homelessness.

An important tool in the arsenal used by housing and service providers working to reduce homelessness in Santa Barbara County is the completion of an individualized assessment of the person experiencing homelessness to identify the most appropriate housing intervention, coordinate care across providers and assist in finding safe, affordable housing.

Statistics provided by the County’s Homeless Assistance Program show that 499 households (787 persons) transitioned out of homelessness since January 2018 when the CoC began a concerted ‘coordinated entry’ into housing programs. The County confirmed there are still more than 1,300 households in need of housing assistance. Resources seeking funding in the application will allow more persons to be assisted. 

An overview of homeless resources in Santa Barbara County can be found at  

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Channelfog Sep 26, 2019 03:28 AM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

There was an old guy who worked the Carillo off ramp for years, holding the back of his neck and pretending to be lame. I saw him literally skip across San Andres Street one day, he rides a nice bike and I was told he had housing. Just another Lazy Beggar, making bank on the off ramp. I wish folks would stop funding them.

ParvoPup Sep 25, 2019 11:49 PM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

Some people talk about missing out on buying Apple or Microsoft when stock was 10 bucks. I miss buying into the Homeless Industry before it got so big. All these millions and billions going to this organization and that organization to cure the incurable - Homeless Incorporated is the growth industry of our times.

a-1569512507 Sep 26, 2019 08:41 AM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

It’s not to late to cash in on homeless. Go for it! Builders and speculators are buying homes in residential neighborhoods with 100% HUD Grant money and CA Bond Money all at taxpayer expense. You can own dozens of units for homeless with Social Security, Section 8 Vouchers, Disability checks and ta paid rent guaranteed. Contract with PATH or Salvation Army to get your home(s) off Property tax rolls.

a-1569572197 Sep 27, 2019 01:16 AM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

Decades ago my Mother walked out of McDonald's on State St. (across from the Granada Theatre) and overhead two "homeless" women talking. The one woman was bemoaning the fact that, via panhandling in front of McDonald's, she had made *only* a little over $600 that weekend. *******About 15 years ago I had a classmate at SBCC tell me she gave a panhandler $5.00. This took place near the same McDonald's. About five minutes later, she saw the guy driving his "Beemer" past her. (Not making this up. She said he was driving a very nice BMW. ) He stopped at the red light there on Anapamu St. She ran down, stuck her hand in the open window of his car and demanded her $5.00 back. He reached in his pocket and returned the money to her.

Longing2bhome Sep 26, 2019 09:04 AM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

In the 80' s the News Press did a story on the pan handlers/homeless who worked the off ramp south bound in the middle of the freeway. They worked shifts and made at least $20 an hour. Minimum wage was less than $10 at that time. You could not work that off ramp unless you were part of that group. They were organized and made bank. Too bad they did not use those skills in a positive manner. Same story today. Do not give to them, it is enabling. They need to feel no choice but to get help and off the drugs and alcohol.

PitMix Sep 26, 2019 08:27 AM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

Yes, those people are panhandling during the day and go back to their Montecito Estates at night in their Beemers. Care to cite a source for your misinformation? A site that is not connected to the Koch Bros?

CoastWatch Sep 25, 2019 09:14 PM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

$2,2 MILLION going to vagrants and illegals- NOT programs for your kids, Not for public transportation projects, not for a trade school for our non-college attending youths, or a ton of other programs for taxpaying WORKERS, not TAKERS...

a-1569512979 Sep 26, 2019 08:49 AM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

Let’s Protest! It’s time for us to be seen and heard. Come Monday, 9/30 6p to Franklin Center, 1136 E Montecito Street. I bet few will show Monday because few care about kids or Americans.

PitMix Sep 26, 2019 08:31 AM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

And your solution is? Let me guess- 1) run them out of town and let them be another City's problem. Out of sight, out of mind. or 2) Put them all in jail at $50K/yr/person and then whine about your taxes going up.

CoastWatch Sep 26, 2019 07:23 AM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

@EGGS- Don't forget to count the MILLIONS of dollars the CITY of SB gives Homeless Inc. over the last 30 yrs... It's been a MILLION plus every year the last 10 yrs... That IS a lot of our tax monies spent for non-change and doesn't not benefit the local SB community members- Rather, it supports vagrant travelers from all over the United States that come here to "vagra-tions"...

a-1569464361 Sep 25, 2019 07:19 PM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

Please use some of this funding to clear out all homeless encampments along the 101 and Union Pacific. Please take the man with the cane who begs at las Positas northbound off ramp and give him appropriate shelter. Please take the man in the wheelchair who is begging at the State St/Delavina triangle right out in the middle of the traffic to a safe place. Thank you.

420722 Sep 25, 2019 06:28 PM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

I wonder how much money they’ve already blown through over the last 20 years and have accomplished nothing! Homelessness growing by the day. This money will be gone in a flash but the problems won’t.

a-1569466230 Sep 25, 2019 07:50 PM
County Applies for Federal Funding for Homeless Services

All that they are going to do is attract more homeless and make it seem reasonable for those able bodied people that they too can live off the welfare of others. Let's hope that they get turned down.


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