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 and Announcements

News & Announcements

  • CDBG Public Services applicant presentations to the Allocations Committee of the Human Services Commission will be held on Friday, February 7 at the Solvang City Hall (1644 Oak St.) beginning at 9:00 AM. Each applicant will be given three minutes for an oral presentation, after which members of the Allocations Committee will have time to ask questions. To view the complete list of applications in the order they will be presented, click HERE.

  • Housing Capital project Notices of Intent were submitted in response to the County's 2020 NOFA. For a list of submitted projects click  HERE. Projects will be reviewed by County HCD staff and, if project development milestones met, will be later reviewed by the County's Capital Loan Committee, and the Board of Supervisors for funding reservation. 

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Housing and Community Development releases a Notice of Funding Availability for several grants and loans.  Links to previous applications can be found in the NOFA. 

  • 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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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.

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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.