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A tiny home example presented to City Council (courtesy of the City of Santa Barbara)
 
Source: Housing Authority of the city of Santa Barbara

Homeless Emergency Aid Program ”Tiny Homes” Community Outreach Meeting

Community members are invited to a community outreach meeting regarding a grant application submitted to the County of Santa Barbara Housing and Community Development Division for Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funds. The City of Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, Cottage Hospital, PATH Santa Barbara and City Net, developed a multi‐faceted, comprehensive grant proposal to address the homelessness crisis within the City.

The proposed 30‐month plan includes the addition of a full‐time Police Officer dedicated to Restorative Policing, an outreach nurse practitioner, a service navigator, additional beds at an existing shelter, extensive street outreach and case management, and the proposed temporary use of the Carrillo/Castillo commuter lot for the purpose of providing “tiny homes” and services to homeless persons in Santa Barbara.

Staff from the partner organizations will be present at this meeting to provide information about the project, address concerns and answer questions.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Louise Lowry Davis Recreation Center, 1232 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

HEAP is a state grant program designed to provide direct assistance to cities and counties to address the homelessness crisis throughout California. The Santa Barbara City Council approved staff to submit an application to the Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care for HEAP grant funding during their meeting held on November 13, 2018.

Below are links to additional information on the HEAP program and application process

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LoveMySB Nov 30, 2018 09:09 AM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

I went to the meeting and no talked about how much money CityNet was going to be paid for whatever they do and if that money is coming out of the new reduced $2M. If it is, then the city has way less than $2M to work with and what about all the administrative costs to run that place. Where is that money coming from?

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 08:42 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

Forget putting these trailers at Castillo / Carrillo, just empty out some offices in City Hall, put beds and hotplates in there. No need to build anything new, this is a much less expensive solution.

PitMix Nov 28, 2018 03:01 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

Really the question we are all trying to answer for ourselves is this: what do we owe the less fortunate of our society? For most of the people posting on this site, the answer seems to be nothing. Or something, but not in my backyard. But I wonder if the comments represent the majority of the people in SB who keep voting the Council Members and Mayor back into office. It seems unlikely.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 03:37 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

It isn't about helping or not helping those less fortunate members of society. it's about not throwing our hard-earned money away "helping" those that could help themselves but choose not to.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 03:36 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

We are compassionate to those in real need. We want a comprehensive plan to serve SB vets, mentally ill, human trafficked youth, youth without parents, situationally in need unemployed or ill. SB has no local or regional plan.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 03:31 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

PITMIX the majority of ppl in SB don't vote, so your statement is highly misleading. It's the same ppl over and over, and other just give up. No one here is referring to the truly unfortunately. The fact is, majority of our homeless are not there b/c of a bad lot in life or extenuating circumstances.

Ahchooo Nov 28, 2018 03:11 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

I want to help those who truly cannot help themselves. I don't want to get taken by moochers, or by a poorly run program that costs more than it needs to. So I'm conflicted on these homes for homeless. Also, I hope that if we get the grant, whoever is in charge is really sensible and thrifty when buying or building these tiny houses. If they have plumbing and electricity, they will cost more per square foot than a regular house, because the costly bits are still included.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 01:48 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

Homeless Village Mtg 5:30 Tonight Louise Lowry Davis Center Victoria at DeLaVina - Free Parking. From 3-5p, on 1290AM, Andy Caldwell will discuss with informed City Resident Anna Gott,,neighbor property owners, & officials. Your attendance can ensure grant money is better used to serve our community’s homeless. Here’s some of what YOU, neighbors, Stakeholders and City Council were NOT told prior to Council hurriedly approving (5-2) last Tuesday the multi-million dollar Grant App for the 40-unit Tiny Homeless Village for Carrillo at Hwy 101. Below text sent to me. Open Letter to SB City Councilmembers, “I attended the discussion on the HEAP Application today. You would be surprised at what you and residents were not told.  “Are you aware that the intention is to keep the mobile homes on site for 15 years? -They will ONLY be moved if required. (The grant app is for 30-months with provisions to “repurpose”.) “Are you aware that the intent is to serve more clients by adding space for RV dwellers? - Do any of you know what that occupancy and vehicle limit is? “Will this become the defacto "homeless day center" that has been discussed? It sure looks like it given what it is starting to look like. - Are you prepared to place this downtown in a neighborhood? “Are you aware that the City Council is listed on the application as the Board of Directors? - Did you sign up for this? “This application was not ready for prime-time and should never have been "approved" or contemplated given: the lack of transparency, sole dedication of services to one group and the lack of homeless prevention.” WHAT YOU CAN DO: Request or Demand via public testimony, calls and emails to Council members that the grant application be pulled; that the City ask for a time extension to file a revised application for funding to better serve more than a mere 40 homeless in a different location, near County services, health clinic, and Work Inc supportive training assistance. OBTAIN FROM THE CITY for media publication ALL available data on homeless as per annual HUD Survey, Dept of Mental Health Stats; Cottage ER Admission Stats; PATH, Salvation Army and Transition House Stats; Police Stats; Jr League Youth Human Trafficking Stats with # of Youth Turned Away due to space shortages; and SB Dept of Soc Services Stars on Homeless Youth among the 60%+ of local youth under SB County Govt case management.

Factotum Nov 28, 2018 09:34 AM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

You will never get rid of this project after the money runs out supporting all the new city staff support people. That is a give and it is blatant fraud to present this as a "temporary" project using other people's money. ACLU and SEIU will demand it continues - and you will be paying for it forever.

LoveMySB Nov 28, 2018 09:02 AM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

I'm a nearly 70 Santa Barbara native and I'm very fortunate to own my home here but I am barely hanging on to it. I had to go back to work after being laid off from one of the banks in town after 20yrs. I pay my property taxes every year but why should I have to work to support these vagrants who do not want to work and are handed everything for free in this town. I don't even own an Apple IPhone. I do not support this tiny homes project. As citizens of this city we should have a say in whether this project moves forward or not. Everyone who has commented on this here I hope shows up today at this meeting. If we don't show up then we get what we get.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 03:43 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

City Council Reps elected by residents who choose to vote do not care about the City,?you or any property owner. With the exception of Rep Rowse, City Reps care about maintaining power and control for the Dem machine to help keep themselves being RE-elected and on the payroll. Some seek higher office which requires the Dem machine’s endorsement. They seek grant funding for the 10% administrative fee paid to the City. It’s all about money, power, and personal gain. .

Concerned4Calif Nov 28, 2018 08:50 AM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

Utah has reduced its homeless population by over 90 % leaving only the hard-core homeless on the streets. Something must be done in California too. Nearly 85% of Santa Barbara County is owned by the government in one form or another so there is no, I repeat No shortage of land. We could put 10,000 of these tiny homes up and create a dynamic city/suburb of diverse peoples. It would take only 250 acres. Easily accomplished on the site of the community golf course which has been losing money for years as golf is a dying sport. Grant money would pour in from every government agency and not-for-profit to pay for it. Health, mental health and food, education services could be provided. It makes no sense for a rich city in a rich state in the richest country to have any homeless people.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 03:57 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

All is fair. Boat slip holders pay little rent and no property tax. What’s the difference for use of a tiny house? Homeless get SDI checks - some get paid inadequate wages- All can pay minimal rent. Let’s create a low cost residential hotel complex on County property. $10/night for a bed and $25 for a room w pvt toilet, sink, shower & micro. Pay by the month in advance to get Day use too.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 04:16 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

All is fair. Boat slip holders pay little rent and no property tax. What’s the difference for use of a tiny house? Homeless get SDI checks - some get paid inadequate wages- All can pay minimal rent. Let’s create a low cost residential hotel complex on County property up by services as has been suggested. For registered locals: $12/night for a bed in large room with shared toilets & showers; and $30 for a room w pvt toilet, sink, shower & micro. Pay by the month in advance to get Day use and 10% discount. Locked storage for carts $5/for 24-hours. Time to get real to create options. No homeless can camp on public sidewalks or places if a shelter bed available.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 03:49 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

I can’t wsit to live in a tiny house at Municipal golf course on Las Positas. There are another 500,000 more Californians who’d like to live here too. May I suggest 200- 8-story structures with 200 units per structure with tiny apartments from 150-300sf each? IKEA Showroom has a Liveable, attractive prototype at 220sf!

letmego Nov 28, 2018 09:01 AM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

I googled the Utah info. Fascinating! Funny though. People get really emotional about this topic and angry about other people getting "free stuff". I guess it doesn't matter if it saves money in the long run "it's not fair!!"

SantaBarbaraObserver Nov 28, 2018 07:46 AM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

Keep voting in the same do-nothing shills and you'll continue to have more of the same problems... There is nothing about Cathy Murillo that lends her to the tasks at hand or the job's requirements. Nothing about her made her the right choice except for her city employee union and party support. She had NO experience running anything remotely close to the size and scope of the city of SB, let alone a $100m+ budget . Leadership requires intelligence, strength and the ability to marshal resources in order to affect change. The latter comes from actual experience, not just grit. So when you wonder why the city is deteriorating in front of your eyes, be sure to ask yourself why you voted for a mayor who has exhibited none of the traits necessary to run a city or business. Vote with your children's future in mind, not with your feelings next time and we might get some much needed change.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 04:25 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

"SBWOMAN" - UCSB is a "silly school?" Seriously? It's one of the hardest schools in CA to get into and one of the most highly acclaimed researched universities in the world. "Silly school?" No, not even close.

Mesarats Nov 28, 2018 07:07 AM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

What I really find really bizarre is the council decision to use 1 million of the 6.5 million grant for a out of area (Orange County nonprofit City Net) to do street outreach.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 06:41 AM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

I really do not get this. Judging from most of these comments majority of ppl here are opposed to this, with good reason. Is any taxpayer money being used at all in any way? (like for the police officer)? If so, this should be put to a vote. This is such overreaching by the government.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 04:31 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

Grant money is typically ALL taxpayer money unless Grant Award is from a private foundation — which that too is tax exempt money gifted to save foundation owners on their personal taxes. Taxpayers do not determine where their taxes are spent. Voters determine if a supplemental project is to be funded by bond financing (which like a mortgage) is then paid only by property owners. Don’t you wish schools taught pragmatic civics and financial literacy? Council Reps would benefit.

Resident Nov 28, 2018 07:40 AM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

A-1543418698, Of course taxpayer money is being used for this. Where do you think the "grant" money comes from? It is money taken from us in taxes and given back to us in these project "grants" after the staff that controls it get paid. Then there will be the ongoing taxpayer funding to maintain the housing, for additional staff to run the program, added policing required in the area, etc.

a-1544483261 Nov 27, 2018 08:49 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

I would be in favor if at the same time these 'tiny houses' were occupied, there is a 100% crackdown on panhandling/loitering on State St./ freeway on/off ramps and in other city locations. All encampments along the highway and rr tracks are removed. The museum and library are no longer sleeping areas for homeless.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 04:38 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

Like Reagan Amnesty: promises are never honored. Homeless will increase monthly. Build and they will come. 34% increase since 2010. We’ve got 2300 average increases each month of illegal residents entering and staying in CA plus refugees, and we allow chain migration families to add to the salad bowl . Stabilize the population to sort it out.,

420722 Nov 27, 2018 08:46 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

If you build they will come...Santa Barbara is going to experience the biggest influx of homeless it has ever had once word gets round that we’re giving out free houses. Thank you CITY CLOWNSIL and thank you liberals...you guys suck!

sacjon Nov 28, 2018 04:49 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

Please post the "flyer" you say you found in Ventura @ NOV 28, 2018 04:41 PM. I'm sure if you just email Edhat and ask how to post it, they will do it. We're all very eager to see these "flyers" inviting homeless from around the country to move to SB....

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 04:41 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

In Ventura, I picked up a flyer inviting homeless to relocate to SB. Perhaps posters are on rail cars in frigid mid-West. PATH runs services in SB and all ver coastal CA so perhaps we can pay PATHbto promote tiny housing offered here? .

CoastWatch Nov 28, 2018 08:20 AM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

CA Governor "Moon Beam" Brown passed a bill that gave $500 MILLION of taxpayer dollars to "Homeless Inc" in the way of grant monies... Santa Barbara County received $9.2 MILLION of these taxpayer funds. Out of the 9.2 Million, the County is the "gifter" that will "AWARD" portions of the $9.2 Million of taxpayer funds , to the City's within the County who apply for the "Award"... So yeah, this is taxpayer funds that could have gone to so many worthy causes other than vagrants from other States who come here to take advantage of California's Liberal-"Progressive" stance on "homelessness"....

NotReallyDave Nov 27, 2018 08:31 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

The City employees want to add numbers to their ranks to build the army. Once this is started , it will stay in the future. "I'm from the guvment, and I am here to.... well, I'm just here". To do this installation at Carrillo and Castillo, there would have to be a land use change. In my Eastside neighborhood, now known as the "Dominquez Dumping Ground", City servants violated land use ordinances themselves to allow a business to occupy, and the City Attorney and City Council has given me and my neighbors the middle finger. Do not let them do this to you.

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 04:46 PM
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City Attr publicly stated City is comparable to UCSB: no EIR or land use change required. Govt is pre-authorized - exempt - to do what it wants. Govt is of the people, by the people, and for the people. Bad Govt; bad staff chosen by the people.

a-1544483261 Nov 27, 2018 08:21 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

Since this is (purportedly) a democratic society, why not therefore put the decision to the people who would be immediately and most affected by the presence and behavior of new neighbors in their midst? Make permission for each potential tiny home renter to move in be subject to a democratic vote by nearby stakeholders, deciding for or against by a simple majority. Here is how this could be accomplished: (1) Explain the nearby existing residential community members' and other nearby stakeholders' concerns to the pool of potential tiny home renters; then (2) Solicit the potential renters' individual, voluntary and uncoerced binding agreement to legally abide by a public vote of nearby stakeholders for or against permission to move in; then (3) Invite the potential renters to voluntarily make their background info available to the public; then (4) Take the vote and implement the results accordingly

a-1544483261 Nov 28, 2018 04:57 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

Thank you! Where did A1543447998 not study history? Never allow him or her or a jury! We vote on Reps to decide policy and laws; not to judge an individual person. CA Mental Hospitals were closed because “so-called pros” judged others taking away the personal freedom of some, committing and confining some because they could. “ I don’t like you so I’ll commit you, lock you up, kill you?!? “ Therorectically, Juries of our peers judge us but that’s a different issue.

a-1544483261 Nov 27, 2018 11:00 PM
Tiny Homes for Homeless Community Meeting on Wednesday

Yeah... that works real well re: black and brown people. And homeless. And Jewish, or Irish, or Catholic, in different times and places. Democratic, voted choices are not always ethically, morally or constitutionally acceptable.

a-1544483261 Nov 27, 2018 07:45 PM
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to jdoggy dog- Our Santa Barbara officials are not clowns. They are well-respected and hard-working members of out SB society. They are not making $millions. And as much as I love my dog - you, on the other hand, are far less than any dog I've known.

jdoggydogg Nov 27, 2018 06:18 PM
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all the clowns who now run sb, or more specifically, the PAYASOS, are inline for 6-7 mil for their coffers. Fact: there is a sweet property on the edge of Lompoc called Bridgehouse. It sits on like 10 acres. There are defunct greenhouses, parking, services, etc. Any particular reason this could not have been there in conjunction with the county? Oh, that's right, SB needs the dough. I am all for helping but this is LAME and at it's core a cash grab.

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