What We Do
The Human Services Commission of Santa Barbara County was established in 1977 by the Board of Supervisors to advise the board concerning the development and implementation of effective human service policies, and to make recommendations on human services grants. The commission is responsible for making recommendations to the board for specified county general funds and HUD funded grants to nonprofit agencies. In 2011 the Board of Supervisors added the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs to the commission's advisory responsibilities.
The commission is an all-volunteer advisory body comprised of three commissioners per supervisorial district. They provide the board with recommendations with more than one million in general funding, approximately $148,000 in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and $130,000 in federal Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) addressing homelessness. See the commissioners here.