Supportive Housing Community La Posada Opens at Former County Juvenile Hall Site

Jack Lorenz, DignityMoves, Regional Advancement Officer for Santa Barbara County at the La Posada Inauguration. April 12, 2024. [Photo: ©2024 Isaac Hernández de Lipa /]

DignityMoves hosted the grand opening of its La Posada Interim Supportive Housing Community at the former site of County Juvenile Hall on Friday.

Located at 4500 Hollister Avenue in Santa Barbara, the ribbon cutting ceremony attracted approximately 200 guests from the community.

Leadership from County of Santa Barbara, DignityMoves, Good Samaritan Shelter and special guests were on hand including County Supervisors Das Williams, Laura Capps, Joan Hartmann, Bob Nelson, Steve Lavagnino, Assembly Member Gregg Hart, and Sr. Advisor Homelessness for the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, Hafsa Kaka.

Hafsa Kaka, Sr. Advisor Homelessness at the Office of CA Governor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Das Williams at the Dignity Moves La Posada Inauguration. April 12, 2024. [Photo: ©2024 Isaac Hernández de Lipa /]

La Posada Village will house individuals living in encampments near Highway 101 and railroad tracks in the immediate area. Residents will move in later this week.

This community will have 80 rooms, provide 24/7 security, intensive case management for each resident, 3 meals a day, and mental and physical health care services and transportation.

DignityMoves posits that interim supportive housing allows individuals to get off the streets, out of encampments, and focus on longer-term stable housing solutions. It gives community members a chance to connect to mental health care, addiction services, career counseling, Social Security, and other benefits—all without the constant worrying about where they will spend the night or get their next meal.

(L to R) Supervisor Laura Capps, Santa Babara County’s Terri Maus-Nisich, former Assistant County Executive Officer, and DignityMoves Advisory Board member Matt Riley at the Dignity Moves La Posada Inauguration on April 12, 2024. [Photo: ©2024 Isaac Hernández de Lipa /]
La Posada is a public-private collaboration between DignityMoves, the County of Santa Barbara, and Good Samaritan Shelter, which will serve as the service provider and operator.

DignityMoves is a nonprofit that works to end unsheltered street homelessness in communities through the construction of Interim Supportive Housing as a rapid, cost-effective, scalable solution. Using innovative approaches such as prefabricated materials and modular housing, DignityMoves takes advantage of vacant parking lots or other underutilized sites to build temporary “pop-up” communities which can be relocated, as necessary.

To learn more about La Posada and DignityMoves please go to

Inside one of the La Posada housing units (Photo: DignityMoves)
Outside the La Posada housing units (Photo: DignityMoves)

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  1. I am torn. I like the idea of helping people but “if you build it, they will come”. This may lead to overwhelming numbers of people who want to live in the prettiest place with the greatest weather and get 3 meals a day. I know hard working people who only afford 2 meals a day due to paying rent. I feel that a large section of our workers aren’t getting help like this and they are contributing to our community.

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