Santa Barbara County Awarded Additional $10M to Address Homelessness

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Source: Santa Barbara County

[On Thursday], the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced that the County of Santa Barbara is receiving two funding awards totaling nearly $10 million to address homelessness.   

The first is Homekey Round 2 funding of $6.9 million awarded to the County in partnership with Good Samaritan Shelter. State HCD Director Gustavo Velasquez commented that today’s awardees “really showcase the essence of Homekey –projects that serve homeless youth, from a housing project near a major university to a motel conversion with a whole suite of supportive services to get people back on their feet, [sic] housing to give folks a fresh start.”

“We are ecstatic to learn that the soon-to-be-named housing project in Isla Vista has been awarded almost $7 million in a Homekey grant,” stated Third District County Supervisor Joan Hartmann. “This project demonstrates that, with the right kinds of support, people who have lived unsheltered for years can indeed get stabilized and turn their lives around. It is an incredibly rewarding effort to be part of, requiring the coordinated work of so many different County and community partners. We are tremendously gratified by this stellar result.” 

Second District County Supervisor Gregg Hart added, “This grant will help make an immediate difference in the lives of vulnerable community members by providing individuals with a safe place to stay, access to services, and an entry point into permanent housing. We are committed to working with our local cities and community partners to identify additional sites for transitional and permanent supportive housing throughout Santa Barbara County.” 

Homekey is a California program to purchase and rehabilitate housing, including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties, and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

The County was also awarded funding of $2.734 million from Emergency Solutions Grants Coronavirus (ESG-CV). The County previously received an ESG-CV award of $7 million in 2021 for use in the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care service area for emergency sheltering, outreach, and rapid re-housing.

Emergency Solutions Grant Coronavirus Program was funded as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act. The funds are designated to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus among individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness by assisting with housing.

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CoastWatch Jan 14, 2022 09:06 AM
Santa Barbara County Awarded Additional $10M to Address Homelessness

Imagine if that $10 Million went to a program for local area kids- From afterschool sports or vocational training.... NOPE, it goes to vagrant opportunists who come here from across the U.S. to take advantage of the "system"... The HOMELESS INC. Administrators and all those that profit from this system will be so happy.

a-1642190788 Jan 14, 2022 12:06 PM
Santa Barbara County Awarded Additional $10M to Address Homelessness

Which park could they use that isn’t overflowing with HOMELESS INC.? CA and it’s cities/counties have thrown millions (maybe billions by now?) at the problem yet it has gotten worse and worse. Maybe the money and resources aren’t the problem?

sacjon Jan 14, 2022 12:14 PM
Santa Barbara County Awarded Additional $10M to Address Homelessness

12:06 - there are plenty parks that are clean and free of homeless people (and also the dreaded "Homeless Inc. lol). It's not as bad as you think. Goleta has tons of vagrant-free parks. It WOULD be awesome though to have $10 million for more sports and training for kids. There are other grants for that though. Not like this is taking money from kids to spend on the homeless.

a-1642203149 Jan 14, 2022 03:32 PM
Santa Barbara County Awarded Additional $10M to Address Homelessness

There are a LOT of homeless kids out there/here!
SB County homeless youth stats have been extremely high for years. You can easily do your research, but here's a start; one source of stats, with footnoted sources:

"But who are they really?

The homeless are residents of Santa Barbara County. Seventy-six percent of the people
surveyed were living in Santa Barbara County when they first became homeless.3

They are families.
**Of all school-age children within the County, one of every eight is considered homeless, as defined by, one of the highest rates in the State.4 **

They are transitional youth at risk ages 18-24. There were 75 youths who were homeless for a variety of reasons including abusive family situations, addictions, and poverty.

ZeroHawk Jan 14, 2022 03:51 PM
Santa Barbara County Awarded Additional $10M to Address Homelessness

this money is allocated for the needy and programs for homeless people. living downtown, i can tell you most parks do not have tent cities, in fact all of them. Why? Police. Not even the baseball field near the harbor has any campers.

pstarSR Jan 14, 2022 10:07 AM
Santa Barbara County Awarded Additional $10M to Address Homelessness

im so happy my 9yr old was kept away from a yelling vagrant at 3am wednesday because of the homeless hotel they plopped directly into upper state street.

thank you for giving this idea more money so the people that live here and HAVE LIVED HERE have to deal with it. how bout the city coucil that voted this into effect have the hotel in THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD!

but sure..... GIVE MORE MONEY TO THEM!

NOT your citizens, not your community.

a-1642203476 Jan 14, 2022 03:37 PM
Santa Barbara County Awarded Additional $10M to Address Homelessness

I'm sorry to hear this! What street do you live on, if that's not too specific? Or cross streets? Decades ago my family walked from Grove through the apartments across San Remo toward Ontare, where my grandma lived, which are of course now condos, to come out on State about directly across from Baskin Robbins, to the side of Denny's, I guess. My memory is fading.
Granted I'm a few blocks from State. I guess you're one block off State or on State?

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