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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 national, state, and local sources

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

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Santa Maria / Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care

COVID-19 Homelessness Task Force

Overview:
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:

  1. 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.
  2. Establish non-congregate sheltering for persons at highest risk of COVID-19 complications.
  3. Sustain shelter capacity for persons not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  4. Enhance homelessness prevention and housing activities through increased funding for rental assistance and supportive services. 

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The CDC has UPDATED their Interim Guidance for homeless shelters. 

Click 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.

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Click on a button for information:

Resource from the County of Santa Barbara Department of Public Health