The Housing and Community Development division uses federal, state, and local funding to provide a variety of public service programs and public facility projects including Affordable Housing, Grants Administration, and Redevelopment Successor Agency Housing Fund activities.


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Request for Letter of Intent for Round 2 of Emergency Solutions Grant - Coronavirus

ESG-CV2 FAQ

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), the State of California Housing and Community Development (State HCD) notified the County of Santa Barbara Community Services Department (CSD) on October 2, 2020 that it will receive and entitlement allocation of $6,119,496 in Emergency Solutions Grant Round 2 (ESG-CV2) funds to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus among individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.

CSD is requesting housing and service providers to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) if they are planning to apply for ESG -CV 2 funds. This is non-binding document and will not be considered during the Rank and Review Process. Agencies not turning in an LOI may still apply for ESG-CV2 funding. However, Santa Barbara County CSD urges all potential applicants to complete this LOI so that HCD can submit a comprehensive and complete application to the State of California.

Please click HERE to access the template for the Letter of Intent. 

Please return no later than 5pm on Friday, October 23 to

jblack@co.santa-barbara.ca.us

ESG-CV2 NOFA to be Released November 2, 2020

HOUSING NOFA  The County of Santa Barbara, Division of Housing and Community Development has posted its annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Affordable Housing Development. This NOFA includes funding opportunities for Housing development and programs only and includes the following funding sources:

  • Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief – Multifamily Housing Program (CDBG-DR MHP),
  • HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME),
  • Local In-Lieu funds,
  • California No Place Like Home (NPLH), and
  • Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) programs.  

Full applications are not being accepted at this time; however, a Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply is required to be considered for an award of housing funds in calendar year 2021.  The deadline to submit NOIs is September 15, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.  Please view the NOFA for submission instructions and details for the September 9, 2020 mandatory applicant ZOOM training. A separate NOFA for CDBG Public Services and Capital projects will be posted in November.  


EMERGENCY RENT ASSISTANCE.  The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is providing limited rental assistance to eligible Unincorporated Santa Barbara County residents that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support.  Applications for emergency rent assistance are CLOSED for the cities of Goleta, Santa Maria, Carpinteria, Buellton, Solvang, Santa Barbara and Guadalupe due to limited funding. 

Unincorporated Santa Barbara County: Residents with income up to 80% AMI may continue to apply for up to 3 months rent assistance, maximum $3,000.  For more information and to apply, CLICK HERE

The City of Lompoc has launched a Utility Grant Assistance program.  This grant assistance is for households within Lompoc City limits directly impacted by COVID-19 who are considered low income as determined by HUD.  The grant assistance is also for Lompoc businesses who have less than 5 employees (including owner) that were/are impacted by COVID-19 and either the business owner or employee(s) are of low income. This program can pay up to 3 months of unpaid City of Lompoc Utility Billings for time periods of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The process, details and application for this program can be found on the City of Lompoc website.

Programa de Emergencia con Asistencia de Pago de Renta: Los Programas de Emergencia con Asistencia de Pago de Renta le proporcionan asistencia de renta limitada a los residentes elegibles en las áreas del Condado de Santa Bárbara no incorporado, que han sufrido una pérdida de ingresos debido a la pandemia COVID-19 y que pueden demostrar la necesidad de apoyo con su renta. Aplicaciones para los programas de emergencia con asistencia de pago de renta han CERRADO para las ciudades de Goleta, Santa María, Carpintería, Buellton, Solvang, Santa Barbara y Guadalupe debido a fondos limitados.

Programa para el Condado de Santa Bárbara no incorporado CARES ACT: Los residentes en las áreas del Condado de Santa Bárbara no incorporado con ingresos de hasta 80% de los ingresos medios del área pueden solicitar hasta 3 meses de asistencia con pago de renta, máximo de $3,000. Para solicitarlo, HAGA CLIC AQUI .

La ciudad de Lompoc ha lanzado un programa de asistencia de servicios públicos.  Esta asistencia es para los hogares dentro de los límites de la ciudad de Lompoc directamente afectados por COVID-19 que se consideran de bajos ingresos según lo determinado por HUD.  La asistencia es también para las empresas de Lompoc que tienen menos de 5 empleados (incluyendo el propietario) que fueron o se ven afectados por COVID-19 y el propietario de la empresa o los empleados son de bajos ingresos.  Este programa puede pagar hasta 3 meses de facturaciones no pagadas de servicios públicos a la ciudad de Lompoc por períodos de tiempo durante la Pandemia COVID-19.   El proceso, los detalles y la aplicación de este programa se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de la ciudad de Lompoc
 

Round I Emergency Solutions Grant- Coronavirus (ESG-CV)

On July 7, 2020 the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution authorizing Santa Barbara County HCD to apply for the formula allocation of $1,031,300.00 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) funds created by the CARES Act and administered through the Sate of California. $977,000 in ESG-CV funds will be available for award as State HCD has allocated 5.2% to the administrative entity for administrative costs. On June 16, 2020 the CoC Planning Committee voted to allocate 70% ($683,900)of Round I of ESG-CV funding to Emergency Shelter providers and 30% (293,100) of Round I ESG-CV funding to Street Outreach activities.

  • CESH, ESG, and CoC NOFA: On May 20, 2020 HCD, on behalf of the CoC, released a Notice of Funding Available for California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Continuum of Care (CoC) Program replacement funds. Please click HERE to see the full NOFA.

  • FY 2020 CDBG Funding Awards: On May 5, 2020, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved CDBG funds for FY 2020-21 Capital and Public Services projects. To see a summary of funded projects, click here for Capital and click here for Public Services.


  • LOAN FORBEARANCE AVAILABLE TO BORROWERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19: 

    At the direction of The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced they will provide payment forbearance to borrowers who have experienced a hardship resulting from COVID-19 (for example, unemployment, reduction in regular work hours, or illness of a borrower/co-borrower or dependent family member), which has impacted their ability to make their monthly mortgage loan payment...

    On March 21, President Donald Trump ordered all foreclosures and evictions to cease for 60 days nationwide. This moratorium applies to most but not all mortgages. President Trump announced HUD is suspending all foreclosures and evictions for 60 days....  

    Many mortgage lenders have already announced help for customers who are financially affected by COVID-19. Click here for more information and links to lenders who have put out official announcements

     The State also will administer a CDBG Owner-Occupied Program (CDBG-OOR), which will provide grants to eligible homeowners whose primary residence was impacted by the 2017 Thomas fire and debris flow.  Click HERE for the CDBG-OOR Fact Sheet.  The State is asking homeowners, landlords, and tenants whose residential property was damaged by the events to complete a survey.  To complete the survey, go to: https://recover.hcd.ca.gov/and click on the eGrants Login.

     The CDBG Disaster Recovery program (CDBG-DR) will provide funds to the County on a non-competitive basis for Infrastructure projects, including public facilities, such as neighborhood facilities, firehouses, public schools, and libraries, and public improvements, such as streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, parks, playgrounds, water and sewer lines, flood and drainage improvements, parking lots, and utility lines.

     For more information, contact Carlos Jimenez by email cjimenez@co.santa-barbara.ca.us or by phone at (805) 568-3529 

  • COUNTY DISASTER MITIGATION PROGRAMS:  The State will receive special allocations of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for disaster-related projects tied to the 2017 Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flow.  The CDBG Mitigation program (CDBG-MIT) will offer funds on a competitive basis to jurisdictions to support infrastructure projects, housing activities, public services, economic development, disaster preparedness, and planning efforts.  Projects must increase resilience and reduce or eliminate risk from potential future disasters.  Click HEREfor the CDBG-MIT Fact Sheet.  An informational meeting was held by the State in Santa Barbara on March 5, 2020, which may be viewed at: https://youtu.be/trmESZaQkw8?t=554‚Äč  

  • Community Forums: Thank you to all who attended community forums this week! Click here for the Santa Maria presentation, click here for the Santa Barbara presentation, and click here for the Lompoc presentation.  

  • Continuum of Care (CoC) Board Calendar of Meetings and Events
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  • The Santa Maria / Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC) has approved the final priority listing for the FY 2019 CoC Application for over $2 million in federal funding to address homelessness.
    To see the projects recommended to the Department of Housing and Urban Development please click here
      
  • HMIS Professional Services Needed
    The Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care has been awarded funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to build capacity in our local Homeless Management Information System. As the HMIS Lead Agency, County HCD is seeking time limited services to assist with building capacity and improving HMIS bed coverage by supporting agencies using the data base system primarily new users. Please see the request for letters of interest and qualifications for agencies currently using the Homeless Management Information System and able to provide professional services to County HCD and the Continuum of Care. All letters need to be submitted by Wednesday, November 27 at 4pm. Click HERE for details.

  • The Inaugural Meeting of the City Working Group on Housing and Homelessness will be held at the Lake Cachuma Clubhouse on Wednesday September 11, 2019.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss regional housing and homeless needs, and opportunities for collaboration.  See meeting agenda, slides and materials here.

  • CoC NOFA Technical Assistance Handbook

  • Local Process Handbook for the HUD CoC Program Competition

  • The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development released the Fiscal Year 2019 Continuum of Care Program Competition NOFA on July 3rd, 2019. The NOFA, and additional information regarding the competition, is available on the HUD Exchange website HERE. Please contact HCD staff with any questions.

  • Point In Time (PIT) Count

    The Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care releases the 2019 Point in Time Count report

    Results of the biennial Point in Time (PIT) Count of persons experiencing homelessness were released today. Conducted on January 24, 2019 by the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC), the Count is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and serves as a snapshot of homelessness in the county on a single night. The County and CoC provided oversight of the PIT Count, working closely with Northern Santa Barbara County United Way Home for Good, Applied Survey Research, Simtech Solutions, and more than 500 volunteers. To view the initial results, you can find a Press Release HERE and a more detailed presentation HERE. A more comprehensive report will be available later in the year. 

    Countywide, 1,803 persons were counted with the largest number counted in the city of Santa Barbara. The count includes 1,133 persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness and 670 persons living in emergency shelters or transitional housing. In 2017, the official PIT count was 1,860. There was a notable shift between sheltered and unsheltered persons between 2017 and 2019.

    To learn more about, local efforts and planning to address homelessness, the Phase 1 Community Action Plan to Address Homelessness is available HERE.

  • The County of Santa Barbara, Division of Housing and Community Development recently conducted a Notice of Funding Availability process to solicit proposals for the County's application to the State of California for their 2018 Emergency Solutions Grant Program (2018 State ESG). On July 19th the Continuum of Care (CoC) Review and Rank Committee met to make recommendations for the allocation of the County's estimated award amount of $326,955. Click here to see the Committee's recommendations and for more information.
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    for adults

    2-1-1 is a comprehensive information and referral system connecting people quickly and effectively to health and human services, disaster relief and public information. The 2-1-1 helpline is available to every resident of Santa Barbara County. Available in multiple languages. If out of the area or unable to connect to 2-1-1, try 800-400-1572.

    Santa Barbara County 2-1-1

    Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance. Free, Confidential, 24/7.


    for youth

    The Federal Fair Housing Act and California state law protects your rights. Everyone should be able to rent or purchase a home as long as you qualify financially. No one may be denied housing based on his or her race, gender, color, nationality, religion, disability, marital, or family status.

    Landlord-Tenant Issues

    The Federal Fair Housing Act and California state law protects your rights.



    for children

    While the County does not provide direct assistance to those facing foreclosure, the Department of Housing and Community Development works closely with local community organizations that offer assistance, including foreclosure prevention workshops, housing counseling services, and other programs that may be helpful for households at risk of foreclosure.

    Foreclosure Assistance & Prevention

    The Department of Housing and Community Development works closely with local community organizations that offer assistance.

    Click below for information on:

    LOAN FORBEARANCE AVAILABLE TO BORROWERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19