Local Services for Montecito Victims

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The edhat staff has compiled a list of local businesses offering free or discounted services for those affected by the Thomas Fire and mudslide in Montecito. The following will be updated daily, please keep checking back.


Volunteer pilots are offering free transportation to those in critical jobs – hospital, emergency response and operations, infrastructure, utilities, transportation, etc. to ensure vital services can continue to operate. Fill out a request form here: https://www.thomasfirehelp.org/transportation. Learn more about this offering here.
Emergency ferry operations have been running from Santa Barbara Harbor to Ventura Harbor on a daily basis:

Condor Express: Ferries running at 7am, 9am, 3pm, 4:30pm. More details here.

Island Packers: Ferries running at 7am, 10am, 2pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30pm. More details here.

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner is traveling between Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties several times a day. Read more here.


  • Preferred Rental Services are offering their rental listing as a free service to the families that have lost their home or have had it damaged by the fire/mudslide. Click here for PDF.
  • Santa Barbara Association of Realtors created a list of furnished rentals here
  • Santa Barbara Travel Bureau is offering complimentary travel assistance, ranging from making lodging accommodations to transportation to, within, and outside the Santa Barbara/Ventura area. For assistance, please visit or contact their downtown office at 1028 State Street, 805-966-3116 or adaisa@sbtravel.com


Habitat for Humanity is offering a 50% discount on all merchandise to those affected by the storm and fires. 

Lull, an online mattress store, is donating free mattresses and bed frames to anyone affected by the recent mudslides in Santa Barbara. Email them at sb-strong@lull.com to coordinate.


Goleta Valley Storage is offering a complimentary small storage unit (5×5) for families with homes that were destroyed as a way of helping those individuals collect and reestablish their belongings. Units will be gifted for a minimum of 3-6 months and available while supplies last. Call 805-964-3104 or email goletavalleyselfstorage@gmail.com


PrimeLending offers a mortgage loan to repair, renovate, or construct a property. Their renovation loan will allow cash-out to pay a contractor to complete repairs, PrimeLending will be waiving their fees. Contact for more information (805) 335-8789 or at lo.primelending.com/sandy.stinson
Ventura County Community Development Corporation (VCCDC), a non-profit HUD approved counseling agency, is an approved provider for the Keep Your Home California (KYHC) Program. Under the KYHC Unemployment Mortgage Assistance (UMA) Program, homeowners who have experienced an involuntary job loss and are receiving California EDD unemployment benefits can obtain mortgage payment assistance. Learn more or apply: 805.273.7800 or achavez@vccdc.orgClick here for more information.


  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. provides clean water for those in need. Bring your water container to the Santa Barbara Taproom at 137 Anacapa St.
  • Sol Wave Offers Emergency Water Services, learn more here.
  • Los Arroyos Restaurants is offering a free meal to first responders at their Downtown and Goleta locations.
  • Mesa Burger is providing free meals to first responders and Montecito residents (315 Meigs Road)
  • Sharkey’s Woodfired Mexican Restaurant is offering free meals to first responders and emergency personnel (7060 Hollister Ave in Goleta)
  • Kanaloa Seafood is offering 25% off their market and restaurant for first responders and emergency personnel (715 Chapala Street in Santa Barbara)


SeaVees is offering free shoes for anyone who is displaced or lost their home/belongings. They have a full-size run of styles in Men’s sizes 7-13 and Women’s sizes 5-11. Call (805) 774-1964 or send an email to cs@seavees.com with any questions.

Plum Goods (911 State Street) is offering special discounts on clothing, shoes, and personal effects for anyone affected by the recent disasters. Go inside the store and mention their deals.

Purnell Clothing is donating brand new men’s and women’s clothing to anyone who may be in need of rebuilding their wardrobe. Call (805) 845-0459 or come by their offices during regular business hours M-F in downtown Santa Barbara on 101 E. Victoria St.

Perfect Fit Montecito is offering clean water laundry custom services. Contact Patty at 805-444-3376.

Sheer Delights Lingerie and Accessories is giving a 40% Discount on bras, panties & bra/panty sets to female victims of Montecito mudslides & first responders. Simply bring any form of identification, mail listing of your Montecito address or present identification as a first responder. 422 N. Milpas, Street, Ste. 2 / 805-568-1145 (Offer good through April 2018)


Cutting Edge Salon at 5779 Calle Real Goleta is providing 10% off any service with a donation of food or clothing to their drop off box that will help restock our local Unity Shop Way and Food Bank. 


Compassionpet is offering free dog walking, doggie daycare, and petsitting visits for those affected by the flood in Montecito. Services also offered at hotels. Contact Mary at 805-637-7964 or mary@compassionpetcare.com. Their website is www.compassionpetcare.com


The Chamber of Santa Barbara
Any business who has experienced physical damage to their property and needs assistance call: (805) 965-3023. The Chamber of Santa Barbara Region offers office space for the impacted at 104 W. Anapamu St., Suite A, Santa Barbara. Call for more information (805)965-3023
Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)
Offering a Quick Response Loan of up to $10,000 and a webpage of additional resources to help small businesses recover from the Thomas Fire’s continuing impacts.
Free co-working passes include: free internet, free coffee and tea, workspace, conference rooms, bathrooms
Downtown Santa Barbara 
351 Paseo Nuevo, 2nd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 966-3722
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Impact Hub
All three locations offering free workspace to anyone affected by the natural disasters who need a quiet place to work with fast internet, hot beverages, a place to charge devices, etc.
  • 1117 State Street (Downtown)
  • 10 E. Yanonali Street (Funk Zone)
  • 1221 Chapala Street (Chapala)
Keller Williams Santa Barbara
Workspace to those affected by recent events with computers and printing/copying/faxing services available as well.
1435 Anacapa
Santa Barbara, CA
Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Regus Santa Barbara

Computer Data Recovery

MacMechanic and TechEase are offering free data recovery for any computer damaged in the mudslides.

MacMechanic Announcement: http://bit.ly/MMmudslide
(805) 965-9722
TechEase Announcement: http://bit.ly/TEMudslide
(805) 564-3273

Out of Town Workspace – San Francisco

Knotel, a company that provides flexible office spaces, is offering space in San Francisco free of charge to anyone who needs a comfortable place to work. Knotel has tables, chairs and internet set up in its location in SOMA.

Location: SOMA location in SF (will share exact location upon request)
Contact information: Jeff@Knotel.com
Hours: 9am – 5pm PT
Dates: Monday – Friday, until further notice


A full list of discounted hotels is available here.


Kelly Sweda Photography is offering free photo shoots for family’s who lost all their photos during the fire and mudslides. Contact Kelly through her website.


  • Zodo’s Bowling is offering free bowling sessions to anyone with a Montecito zip code. Visit between the hours of 9a-5p and show your ID with a 93108 zip code to receive this deal. 
  • Free admission to the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens through January 19
  • Free Benefit Concert by the Santa Barbara Symphony on Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 pm at the Granada Theatre, featuring guitarist and artist-in-residence Pablo Sáinz Villegas accompanied by a small orchestra.


Do you have a local business with an offering? Email us at ed@edhat.com to be added to this list.

Edhat Staff

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