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 


Housing and Disability Advocacy Program Stakeholder Meeting - Monday, November 22 at 4pm

Santa Barbara County has been allocated $1,526,720 to implement a State program entitled the Housing and Disability Advocacy Program(HDAP). The program is intended to support participants in meeting two important program goals: securing disability benefits and stabilizing in permanent housing. The program offers outreach, case management, disability benefits advocacy, and housing assistance concurrently. Participants are eligible for, and should continue to be offered, any of the program components until a final disability benefits determination is made and the participant is stabilized in permanent housing. To accept the funding, California Department of Social Services requires a letter to stakeholders and collaboration on implementation. You are invited to a meeting of HDAP Stakeholders on Monday, November 22 at 4pm. Housing and Community Development will be the lead agency on program roll out.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83944756701?pwd=TXVjN0FYYWlscFZBUTVGdUp3VkRCdz09

Meeting ID: 839 4475 6701  |  Passcode: 971228
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Notice of Funding Availability for County-Administered Federal, State, and Local Funds

The Division of Housing and Community Development of the County of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the availability of funds under the following programs:

  1. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
  2. Human Services General Fund Grants
  3. HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program and County In-Lieu Funds
  4. Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) Program
  5. California No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program

Please CLICK HERE to review the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for detailed information on each funding opportunity.

HCD staff will host three mandatory online training sessions for prospective applicants. Links to each training are included in the NOFA. An agency's Executive Director and/or staff responsible for program implementation must attend the appropriate session in order to meet the application requirement.

  • Tuesday, November 16, 2:00-3:30 PM: CDBG Public Services and Microenterprise and HSC General Fund Programs
  • Thursday, November 18, 10:00-11:00 AM: CDBG Capital and Housing Rehab Projects
  • Friday, November 19, 10:00-11:00 AM: Housing projects and programs using any combination of HOME, In-Lieu, PLHA, or NPLH funds

Applications for housing projects and programs using any combination of HOME, In-Lieu, PLHA, or NPLH funds are due Friday, November 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications for all CDBG and Human Services projects and programs are due Friday, January 14, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Please direct questions to:



PUBLIC NOTICE Santa Barbara Urban County Partnership Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Act (HOME) FY 2021-22 Action Plan Substantial Amendment

The draft FY 2021-22 Substantial Action Plan Amendmentwill be made available for a 30-day public review and comment period beginning Friday, November 5, 2021.  The public is invited to speak at the County Administrative Public Hearing regarding the draft Urban County Partnership FY 2021-22 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. via videoconference/teleconference, pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-29-20, at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86934629923?pwd=RitINlRYVDRpYURXKzB6ZEE3a3lUUT09, or join by phone at 1 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 869 3462 9923.  Written comments may be submitted in advance to County CSD by mail to, 123 E. Anapamu St, Suite 202, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, or e-mailed to HCD@co.santa-barbara.ca.us.  Si tiene cualquier pregunta, por favor llame a (805) 568-3520.



COVID-19 Tenant Relief

On June 29, 2021 SB 832 was signed into law.  The Act extends eviction protections to COVID-19 impacted tenants to September 30, 2021.  Details and necessary legal forms are available at  https://landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov/.  The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County has related eviction moratorium resources at  https://www.lafsbc.org/covidresources.  The Tenant Relief Act also established a State Emergency Rental Assistance Program. 

The State Emergency Rental Assistance application portal is now closed to new applications for Santa Barbara County residents.  Applications already received will continue to be processed.  Tenants or landlords that need to confirm the status of an application to the State of California's program should call (833) 430-2122 or visit their application at the State  Housing is Key website .  

The County of Santa Barbara's Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance Program through United Way of Santa Barbara County is now accepting applications at https://www.unitedwaysb.org/rent.  All households with annual incomes at or below 80% of the area median income, are County of Santa Barbara tenants that have experienced a loss of income due to or during the COVID-19 pandemic and experiencing a risk of homelessness or housing instability, may apply for rent and utility debts dating back to March 2020.  Tenants or landlords that need to confirm the status of an application already submitted to United Way should call (805) 965-8591.  


COVID-19 Alivio de Inquilinos

El Programa de Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia del Condado de Santa Bárbara, administrado a través de United Way del Condado de Santa Bárbara, ahora está aceptando solicitudes.

El programa está abierto a los hogares de inquilinos del Condado de Santa Bárbara con un ingreso anual igual o inferior al 80 por ciento del Ingreso Medio del Área (AMI), que han pasado por una pérdida de ingresos debido a/o durante la pandemia de COVID-19 y experimentan un riesgo de falta de vivienda o inestabilidad de la vivienda. Los solicitantes calificados pueden solicitar deudas de alquiler y servicios públicos con fecha desde marzo del 2020. Para aplicar, vaya a www.unitedwaysb.org/rent . Para verificar el estado de una solicitud ya presentada a United Way, los inquilinos o propietarios pueden llamar al (805) 965-8591. 

Un portal separado de solicitudes de Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia de California está cerrado a nuevas solicitudes para los residentes del Condado de Santa Bárbara.  Las solicitudes ya recibidas continuarán siendo procesadas.  Los inquilinos o propietarios que necesiten confirmar el estado de una solicitud con el programa estatal pueden llamar al (833) 430-2122 o ir a su solicitud al https://housing.ca.gov/


CONTINUUM OF CARE 2021 PROGRAM COMPETITION

ISSUED SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 | APPLICATION DUE BY 11:59PM SEPTEMBER 28, 2021

The Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care is pleased to announce the 2021 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. 

In 2021, the application amounts are as follows:
• Funding Allocated to the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care: $2,226,312
• New Funding Available through the National CoC Competition: $111,316
• New Funding Available to Providers serving Domestic Violence Victims and Survivors with Housing and Services through the National CoC Competition: $319,098

 All applicants MUST attend a mandatory applicant workshop on Friday, September 10 from 1-3pm. This is a mandatory applicant training for the 2021 Continuum of Care and is for new and renewing grantees. In order to be eligible for participation in this funding competition a representative of your agency must attend this meeting. It is recommended that the person attending also be involved in crafting the application. 

Mandatory Applicant Training
Friday, September 10
1pm-3pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84073611588?pwd=REphWkVyT1NLRmxBdEM4N2M5WUxsQT09

Meeting ID: 840 7361 1588
Passcode: 158905
 
Please review the NOFO and scoring tools prior to the applicant training. 


COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA REGULAR EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT (ESG) NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABLE (NOFA)

ISSUED: AUGUST 26, 2021 | APPLICATIONS DUE BY 3:00 P.M., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

 NOFA can be found  HERE

The State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (State HCD) receives an annual allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant Program (State ESG) funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The State HCD distributes State ESG funds to qualifying cities and counties, which are responsible for administering State ESG funds for their respective service areas. State HCD designated the County of Santa Barbara (County) as the Administrative Entity (AE) for the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care Service Area (CoC Service Area), which geographically encompasses Santa Barbara County. The Housing and Community Development Division (County HCD) will administer State ESG funds on behalf of the County and announces the availability of these funds to support homelessness assistance projects throughout the CoC Service Area.

Submit questions to Kimberlee Albers at kalbers@co.santa-barbara.ca.us  

FY 2020 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Reports (CAPER): The public is invited to provide comments on the draft FY 2020 CAPER. Comments may be provided by email to HCD@co.santa-barbara.ca.us and by fax to (805) 560-1091, and must be received by 5:00 PM, September 17, 2021. The full notice of public comment may be viewed HERE. The draft CAPER may be viewed HERE

Home Repair Program: The County is pleased to support Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County's Home Repair Program. The County Board of Supervisors approved $30,274 to assist 5-7 low-income homeowners with much needed health and safety repairs. For more information and to apply for assistance, CLICK HERE to access the brochure.

Programa de Reparación a Domicilio: Se complace el Condado en apoyar el Programa de Reparación a Domicilio de Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County. La Junta de Supervisores del Condado aprobó $30,274 para ayudar a 5-7 propietarios de viviendas de bajos ingresos con las reparaciones de salud y seguridad que se necisiten. Para obtener más información y solicitar asistencia, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para acceder al folleto.

COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA AND SANTA BARBARA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE EMERGENCY BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – The County of Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Foundation, announce the Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program that consists of two components: microenterprise business assistance and small business assistance grants. The application period opens May 10 and runs through June 30, 2021, or when all funds are granted, whichever comes sooner. Eligible microenterprise businesses may apply for up to $10,000 in funding, while eligible small businesses may apply for up to $25,000. The Santa Barbara Foundation will hold workshops for prospective applicants on May 10 ( click here) and May 19 ( click here). For more information on the program, click here to view the press release. Para obtener más información sobre el programa, haga clic aquí para ver el comunicado de prensa en español.

HSC Allocations Committee Funding Recommendations

The Allocations Committee of the Human Services Commission met on Thursday, February 4 to review Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Services applications and deliberate on funding recommendations. These funding recommendations were updated on Thursday, March 4 to reflect the County's final CDBG Public Services allocation amount from HUD, according to the Committee's instructions. To review the Committee's updated funding recommendations, CLICK HERE.

The Board of Supervisors hearing date for the CDBG Public Services funding recommendations has been moved to Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

HSC Allocations Committee CDBG Public Services Applicant Presentations

The Allocations Committee of the Human Services Commission will meet on Thursday, February 4 beginning at 9:00 AM via Zoom to hear Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Services applicant presentations and deliberate on funding recommendations. Applicants and members of the public may view the following documents here: Meeting Agenda (including a Zoom link to the meeting), Applicant Presentation Order, Application Matrix, Table of FY 2020 Funding Awards

COVID-19 CES ADDENDUM

On January 7, 2021, the COC Board adopted the following temporary addendum, which will apply to the Coordinated Entry Policies and Procedures until June 30, 2021 or CoC Board Action:

1.     All unsheltered or shelter system guests who enroll in the Coordinated Entry System, not only those prioritized for a housing intervention, can utilize rental assistance and other financial assistance that facilitates a housing placement through CoC, ESG, HEAP, HHAP, CESH and other funding sources when a housing opportunity is identified as long as the participant(s) meet funding eligibility criteria. The primary goal is to rapidly re-house as many persons as possible through existing resources and utilize the full range of housing options. 

2.     When in conflict with the existing prioritization scheme, this addendum would supercede existing CES policies. 


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.  

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

 


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

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 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.

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LOAN FORBEARANCE AVAILABLE TO BORROWERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19