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 https://www.liveunitedsbc.org/resources-clients.