Each year, the Santa Maria/ Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC) applies for federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the work of local homeless service providers.

The County of Santa Barbara is the lead agency for the CoC and is responsible for coordinating the application process and submitting the final application to HUD on behalf of the local agencies.

To maximize the funding award and the services that the funding supports, the County and the CoC Governing Board takes great care ensuring that local agencies interested in being a part of our regional grant application have the opportunity to participate in a competitive process that is both fair and equitable. This is done in two ways:

  • The first is to contract with HomeBase, a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to ending homelessness. In accordance with their mission, they consult with CoCs nationwide on CoC applications where they bring an independent expertise to the table that ensures we are adhering to both HUD regulations and national best practices.
  • The second is to appoint a review panel of people who have no financial interest in the grant application, to review all of the local grant applications and provide a list of projects recommended for submission to HUD in order of priority. This recommendation is considered by the CoC Board and when approved, determines which projects should be included in the grant application and potentially funded by the federal government each year.

Using this process, the CoC applied for and was awarded $1,955,819 in 2018, which funded 11 local homeless programs that serve thousands of people experiencing homelessness in our community.

This year the region is eligible for more than $2 million in federal funding and on Sept. 12, the CoC Board approved the independent panel's funding priority recommendation for this year's grant application. The priority list appears below:

Priority Listing Chart

As we move forward we will keep you, our community partners, updated on the grant application process and hope to share positive news when the federal government announces their funding award later this year.

Until then, thank you for your continued support of the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care.

If you have a specialized need and would like to receive this information in another format,
please contact the Collaborative Applicant at or 805-560-1090.  


2019 Priority Listing

2019 Continuum of Care Application

FY 2019 CoC Program Competition Information 

2018 Continuum of Care Application

2018 Priority Listing

FY 2018 CoC Program Competition

FY 2018 CoC Priority Listing

FY 2017 CoC Program Competition