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 

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.

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 accepting applications for Santa Barbara County residents at the State Housing is Key website.  All 80% AMI or below County of Santa Barbara County tenants that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support may apply for Rent and utility debts dating back to March 2020.  Potential applicants can contact the State's Local Partner Network Appointment Center at (833) 687-0967 for application assistance.

 The County of Santa Barbara's Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance Program through United Way of Santa Barbara County is no longer accepting applications.  Submitted applications are continuing to be processed. 


COVID-19 Alivio de Inquilinos

El 29 de junio del 2021 se firmó la Ley de SB 832. La Ley extiende las protecciones de desalojo a los inquilinos afectados por COVID-19 hasta el 30 de Septiember del 2021. Los detalles y los formularios legales necesarios están disponibles en https://landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov/.  Legal Aid Foundation del Condado de Santa Bárbara tiene recursos relacionados con la moratoria de desalojo en https://www.lafsbc.org/covidresources. La Ley de Alivio de Inquilinos también estableció un Programa estatal de asistencia de alquiler de emergencia.

El portal de solicitud de Asistencia de Alquiler de Emergencia Estatal ahora está aceptando solicitudes para los residentes del Condado de Santa Bárbara en el sitio web de State Housing is Key en  https://housing.ca.gov/. Todos los inquilinos del 80% de AMI o menos del Condado de Santa Bárbara que han experimentado una pérdida de ingresos debido a la pandemia de COVID-19 y pueden demostrar la necesidad de apoyo de alquiler, pueden solicitar deudas de alquiler y servicios públicos desde marzo de 2020. Los solicitantes potenciales pueden comunicarse con el Centro de Citas de la Red de Socios Locales del Estado al (833) 687-0967 para obtener asistencia para la solicitud.

El Programa de Asistencia de Servicios Públicos y Alquiler de Emergencia del Condado de Santa Bárbara a través de United Way del Condado de Santa Bárbara ya no acepta solicitudes.  Las solicitudes ya sometidas siguen tramitándose.

 

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