Coordinated Entry System

Due to HUD mandate, as of January 23, 2018, the County of Santa Barbara has implemented a Coordinated Entry System. A Coordinated Entry System (CES) is a community-wide system to standardize and expedite the process by which people experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of homelessness, access housing and homeless resources. It connects the community's network of homeless services and housing resources while streamlining, standardizing, and coordinating the homeless intake, assessment, and referral processes. Through CES, people experiencing homelessness will be matched to services and housing based on their preferences and level of need. Standardizing the intake process across the county, sharing information in real-time, and adopting uniform prioritization policies are all at the core of a high-performing CES.

The County of Santa Barbara's Coordinating Agency for the CES is United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County. The overarching responsibility of the CES Coordinating Agency is to ensure that homeless persons receiving services in the County are accessing those services through the CES. The CES Coordinating Agency is responsible for the success of the CES project including its day-to-day activities, oversight, and evaluation, and management of the CES.

Regional Entry Points are the primary entry point for Coordinated Entry. These entry points are resource centers where individuals and families experiencing homelessness can get help finding housing and other resources. Regional Entry Points have limited walk-in hours available. Walk-in appointments are first come first served.

Regional Entry Point Locations


  • Isla Vista Community Service District, 970 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista, CA 93117  
    • ​Wednesday and Friday from 12:30-2:30pm 


  • Bridgehouse, 2025 Sweeney Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436
    • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00am-12:00pm  


  • PATH Santa Barbara, 816 Cacique Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30-10:30am 
  • The Salvation Army, Hospitality House, 423 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 9310
    • ​​​Wednesday from 1:00-2:00pm


  • Good Samaritan Shelter, 401 W Morrison Ave C, Santa Maria, CA 93458
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:00-5:00pm 


  • Santa Ynez People Helping People, 545 N. Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463
    • Tuesday 9:30-11:00am

Call the Santa Barbara County Resource Connect Hotline 805-450-3558  for more information about additional outreach days/times in Carpinteria, Goleta, Isla Vista, Lompoc, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria

Are you a veteran in need of assistance? 

  • Veterans Services Office, 401 E. Cypress Suite 101., Lompoc, CA 93436 
    • Fridays from 11:30-1:00 pm  


  • Veterans' Memorial Building, 112 W Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    • ​​Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00am 


  • American Legion Veterans Memorial Building, 313 W. Tunnell St., Santa Maria, CA 93458
    • Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 pm 

      ​Dial 2-1-1 or Text your zip code to 898-211 for additional Health and Human Resources such as food, counseling, substance abuse resources and much more... 2-1-1 is free, confidential, 24/7 and available in multiple languages. 

      If you are in crisis, call 9-1-1

For more information on the Coordinating Agency and/or Regional Entry Points please visit their website at: Home For Good