The Human Services Program is a part of the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Human Services Program performs the following activities and provides the following services:
- Acts as staff to the Human Services Commission, a volunteer body appointed by the County Board of Supervisors.
- Distributes funds and monitors performance of grant recipients.
Human Services Commission
The Human Services Commission of Santa Barbara County was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1977 to advise the Board concerning the development and implementation of effective human service policies. The Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the Board for specified County General Funds and HUD funded grants to nonprofit agencies. In addition, and in cooperation with the Department of Social Services, the Commission makes recommendations for the awarding of grants to nonprofit agencies of specified state, federal and local child abuse prevention funds.