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

  • The County of Santa Barbara Community Services Department's Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) invites comments on the HOME Consortium and Urban County Partnership 2018-19 Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).  The Santa Barbara Urban County Partnership includes the County and the member cities of Buelton, Carpinteria, and Solvang.  The HOME Consortium is comprised of the Urban County members and the cities of Gleta, Lompoc, and Santa Maria.  The CAPER summarizes and evaluates previous year achievements Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home program funds allocated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  As a local government performance reporting tool, the CAPER also documents progress made towards meeting the affordable housing and community services goals establisehd by the County's Consolidated Plan and Strategic Plan. The 2018-19 Draft CAPER will be available for a 15-day public comment period through September 27, 2019.  Written comments may be submitted to COunty HCD, 123 E. Anapamu St., Sutie 202, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, via fax at 805.560.1037, or email to  If you need additional information or require special accommodations, please call 805.568.3520.

  • 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.   

  • 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.  Meeting agenda, slides and materials will be made available 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. 

  • REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: The County of Santa Barbara, Division of Housing and Community Development, in conjunction with partner cities, is requesting proposals for professional services to complete Consolidated Plans and year one Action Plans for four (4) jurisdictions, and one (1) Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. PROPOSALS DUE: 4:00 p.m., June 24, 2019. The full Request for Proposals may be viewed here.

  • 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.
  • The Human Services Commission and Community Development Block Grant funding recommendations are available HERE. 
  • Housing Capital project Letters of Intent were submitted in response to the County's 2019 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.

  • Housing and Community Development releases a Notice of Funding Availability for several grants and loans. Applications are completed in ZoomGrants, links to each of the 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.

for adults

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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.