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The following items are needed by homeless service providers and other nonprofit organizations that are serving the homeless population throughout the County:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Bottled Water
  • Solar Chargers
  • Surface Sanitizing Spray
  • Bleach
  • Food (non-perishable and fresh)
  • New Socks
  • Hygiene items
  • Tissues
  • Paper Plates, Disposable Cutlery
  • Disposable thermometers or thermometers with tips/caps

The County of Santa Barbara Homeless Assistance Programs Team 

has assembled COVID-19 resources that include Guidelines, Webinars, and Infographics from various sources

To suggest or submit content for this page, please email  kalbers@co.santa-barbara.ca.us.


The County of Santa Barbara is seeking volunteers who are comfortable working with persons experiencing homelessness to assist with shelter operations under the direction oversight of County staff.  

Email Ernesto Diaz at e.diaz2@sbcsocialserv.org for more information.


This location is providing additional safe beds for people experiencing homelessness. 
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Location: Santa Maria High School

901 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454
(Entrance: Gymnasium Gate 12 off of Stowell Rd). 


Resources from Showers of Blessing


For more information visit their website

  • MONDAY 2:00-5:00
    St. Michael's University Church
    6586 Picasso Rd, Isla Vista, CA 93117
  • TUESDAY 11:00-2:00
    Pershing Park
    100 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • WEDNESDAY 11:00-2:00
    Girls's INC.
    531 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103> 531 E Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • THURSDAY 10-1
    St Athanasius Orthodox Church
    300 Sumida Gardens Lane, Goleta, CA 93111
  • FRIDAY 11:00-2:00
    Pershing Park
    100 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


The CDC has released Interim Guidance for homeless shelters. 

Recordings of webinar released by HUD regarding COVID-19 and Homeless Care Providers can be found HERE

The Santa Barbara Foundation has released a list of resources and webinars that may be helpful to nonprofits and service providers.


The following is a map of county facilitated hand washing stations.

Please refer to the legend below. Visitors can also click an icon directly on the map to view more information regarding a particular location. 

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Resources From Micha's Mission in Lompoc

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For More Information Visit michamisson.com


12 noon to 2:30 pm Meals, Showers, and Phone Charging available for homeless and under resourced community

Location: 500 E North Ave, Lompoc, 93436


5 to 6:30 Meals and Phone Charging for homeless and under resourced community

Location: 138 North B Street, Lompoc, 93436


Resources From The Food Bank of Santa Barbara County

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For More Information Visit Their website at: foodbanksbc.org

Click on the list(s) to download


Resource From County of Santa Barbara Public Health Department Information Portal


Visit the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Website for more information


Resource From The Business Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH)


For more information visit bcsh.ca.gov


Resources From The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness


Visit the USICH website for more information


Resources From The National Health Care for the Homeless Council


Visit the NHCHC website for more information


Resources From The HUD Exchange Website

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Disease Risks and Homelessness

 The recent emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) calls for enhanced cooperation between public health authorities, homeless service systems, and other partners at the local level. To support these partnerships and the vulnerable households served, relevant federal agencies are issuing guidance from subject matter experts on lessons learned from previous response efforts to infectious diseases.

Below are new resources from HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and their federal, state, and local partners. SNAPS will share daily updates highlighting new COVID-19 prevention and response resources targeted to homeless providers.

New HUD SNAPS Resources

Visit the SNAPS Disease Risks and Homelessness page on the HUD Exchange for a full list of COVID-19 infectious disease prevention and response resources.

New National Partner Resources

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH): COVID-19 Resources:

National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council: COVID-19 Resources:

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV): COVID-19 Resources:

View the full COVID-19 SNAPS resource digest on the HUD Exchange for a comprehensive list of websites and resources.

Infectious Disease Preparedness for Homeless Assistance Providers and Their Partners

Note: HUD held this webinar during Office Hours on March 13, 2020 which featured a live question and answer session with presenters.


Resources From the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

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Interim guidance for homeless service providers to plan and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Download Guidance HERE  


 Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuums of Care: available here


Resources for Homeless Shelters

Plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus disease 2019   


The following are fact sheets and downloads provided by the CDC. For more information Visit the CDC Website HERE

To Download, click on each image. Spanish downloads available where provided.

Share Facts About COVID-19

What you need to know

What to do if you are sick

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Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 poster

Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.

Coronavirus disease 2019 is a new disease that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

If you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019, or suspected of being infected with it, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community.

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, like coronavirus disease 2019 by avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering cough and sneeze; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and washing your hands with soap and water.

Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

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Stay Healthy Wash Your Hands

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Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands

CERC in an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Learn how CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for the potential of community spread in the U.S.

Germs are all around you. Stay healthy by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Follow these steps for proper handwashing to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Crises and Emergency Risk Communication fact sheet. Be first, be right, be credible, express empathy, promote action, show respect.

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To suggest or submit content for this page, please email kalbers@co.santa-barbara.ca.us.