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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
- Bottled Water
- Solar Chargers
- Surface Sanitizing Spray
- Food (non-perishable and fresh)
- New Socks
- Hygiene items
- 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 national, state, and local sources
To suggest or submit content for this page, please email
Santa Maria / Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care
COVID-19 Homelessness Task Force
The COVID-19 Homelessness Task Force will initiate efforts to address the health and safety of our homeless neighbors by partnering with local organizations and governmental agencies. The primary goal is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our homeless populations and further protect the community at large.
COVID-19 Homelessness Task Force Objectives:
- Prevent and mitigate COVID-19 impacts for persons who remain unsheltered through support centers and outreach re-establishing access to showers, device charging, food and hygiene supplies.
- Establish non-congregate sheltering for persons at highest risk of COVID-19 complications.
- Sustain shelter capacity for persons not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Enhance homelessness prevention and housing activities through increased funding for rental assistance and supportive services.
The CDC has UPDATED their Interim
Guidance for homeless shelters.
on this link to find recordings of webinars released by HUD, regarding COVID-19 and Homeless Care Providers.
The Santa Barbara Foundation has released a list of resources and webinars that may be helpful to nonprofits and service providers.
Click on a button for information:
Resource from the County of Santa Barbara Department of Public Health
Resource from The Centers For Disease Control
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.
The CDC has updated its Interim Guidance on Unsheltered Homelessness and COVID-19 for Homeless Service Providers and Local Officials. Summary of changes include:
- Revisions to document organization for clarity
- Description of "whole community approach"
- "Whole Community" includes:
- - Individuals and families, including those with access and functional needs
- - Businesses
- - Faith-based and community organizations
- - Nonprofit groups
- - Schools and academia
- - Media outlets
- - All levers of government, including state, local tribal, territorial and federal partners
- The phrase "whole community approach" means two things
- 1. Involving people in the development of national preparedness documents
- 2. Ensuring roles and responsibilities are reflected in the content of the materials
- Clarification of outreach staff guidance
- Clarification of encampment guidance
Resources for Homeless Shelters
The following are fact sheets and downloads provided by the CDC. For more information Visit the CDC Website HERETo Download, click on each image. Spanish downloads available where provided.