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
COVID-19 Tenant Relief
On January 29, 2021 the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (SB 91) was signed into law. The Act extends eviction protections to COVID-19 impacted tenants to June 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 expected to go live in March 2021.
The County of Santa Barbara will be offering Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance through United Way of Santa Barbara County. APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED ON THE UNITED WAY WEBSITE. All County of Santa Barbara residents that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support may apply. There are strict eligibility requirements for this funding opportunity.
- Available to all Santa Barbara County Residents
- Up to $6,000 over 3-months (individuals may re-apply for an additional 3-months of rent assistance, up to a total of 15 months)
Capital Loan Committee CDBG Capital Project Review
On Thursday, February 11 at 9:00 AM, the Capital Loan Committee will meet via Zoom to review CDBG Capital applications and make funding recommendations. Applicants and members of the public may view the following documents here: Meeting Agenda (including a Zoom link to the meeting), Staff Report on Proposed Projects, 11/04/2020 Draft Meeting Minutes.
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. To review the Committee's funding recommendations, CLICK HERE. These recommendations will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 4, 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.
FY 2020 CDBG Funding Awards
On May 5, 2020, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved CDBG funds for FY 2020-21 Capital and Public Services projects. To see a summary of funded projects,
click here for Capital and
click here for Public Services.
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...
On March 21, President Donald Trump ordered all foreclosures and evictions to cease for 60 days nationwide. This moratorium applies to most but not all mortgages. President Trump announced HUD is suspending all foreclosures and evictions for 60 days....
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
The State also will administer a CDBG Owner-Occupied Program (CDBG-OOR), which will provide grants to eligible homeowners whose primary residence was impacted by the 2017 Thomas fire and debris flow. Click HERE for the CDBG-OOR Fact Sheet. The State is asking homeowners, landlords, and tenants whose residential property was damaged by the events to complete a survey. To complete the survey, go to: https://recover.hcd.ca.gov/and click on the eGrants Login.
The CDBG Disaster Recovery program (CDBG-DR) will provide funds to the County on a non-competitive basis for Infrastructure projects, including public facilities, such as neighborhood facilities, firehouses, public schools, and libraries, and public improvements, such as streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, parks, playgrounds, water and sewer lines, flood and drainage improvements, parking lots, and utility lines.
For more information, contact Carlos Jimenez by email email@example.com or by phone at (805) 568-3529
To see the projects recommended to the Department of Housing and Urban Development please click here.
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.
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