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
Make-Up Mandatory CDBG Applicant Training
A CDBG make-up mandatory applicant training will be held on Tuesday, November 10. For more information, CLICK HERE.
PUBLIC NOTICE OF 12.1.20 Santa Maria City Council Meeting
The City Manager for the City of Santa Maria will make a Recommendation to their City Council to adopt a revised Resolution approving the City's participation in a County Consortium to receive Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) funds by the State of CA.
Please CLICK HERE for Santa Maria's PLHA Program Plan and details.
Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Three Federally-Funded Grant Programs
Please check back frequently for any updates to the NOFAs.
1. Emergency Solutions Grants – Coronavirus Round 2 (ESG-CV2) program. Applications due 11/20/2020 by 5pm. State HCD designated the County of Santa Barbara as the Administrative Entity (AE) for these funds. These funds are to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus among individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or receiving homeless assistance. To view the ESG-CV2 NOFA, CLICK HERE.
2. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Services programs. Applications due 1/8/2021 by 5:00 pm. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations that administer eligible programs for the low-income community. To view the CDBG NOFA, CLICK HERE.
3. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Capital Projects. Applications due 1/8/2021 by 5:00 pm. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations and County government or quasi-governmental organizations. Eligible activities include facility improvements, including for ADA compliance, infrastructure improvements, and housing acquisition and/or rehabilitation. Buildings used for the general conduct of government business are limited to ADA improvements only. To view the CDBG NOFA, CLICK HERE.
Please send questions to:
ESG-CV2 – Jett Black-Maertz, firstname.lastname@example.org, (805) 568-2484
CDBG – Public Services, James Francis, HCDNOFA@co.santa-barbara.ca.us, (805)-568-3549
CDBG – Capital Project, Carlos Jimenez, HCDNOFA@co.santa-barbara.ca.us, (805) 568-3529
Capital Loan Committee Meeting
The Capital Loan Committee will meet at 10:00AM on Wednesday November 4, 2020 to review housing development projects for County funding. The meeting will be held via Zoom, and meeting materials will be made available on the Capital Loan Committee's webpage.
Request for Letter of Intent for Round 2 of Emergency Solutions Grant - Coronavirus
In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), the State of California Housing and Community Development (State HCD) notified the County of Santa Barbara Community Services Department (CSD) on October 2, 2020 that it will receive and entitlement allocation of $6,119,496 in Emergency Solutions Grant Round 2 (ESG-CV2) funds to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus among individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness.
CSD is requesting housing and service providers to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) if they are planning to apply for ESG -CV 2 funds. This is non-binding document and will not be considered during the Rank and Review Process. Agencies not turning in an LOI may still apply for ESG-CV2 funding. However, Santa Barbara County CSD urges all potential applicants to complete this LOI so that HCD can submit a comprehensive and complete application to the State of California.
Please click HERE to access the template for the Letter of Intent.
Please return no later than 5pm on Friday, October 23 to
ESG-CV2 NOFA to be Released November 2, 2020
HOUSING NOFA The County of Santa Barbara, Division of Housing and Community Development has posted its annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Affordable Housing Development. This NOFA includes funding opportunities for Housing development and programs only and includes the following funding sources:
- Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief – Multifamily Housing Program (CDBG-DR MHP),
- HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME),
- Local In-Lieu funds,
- California No Place Like Home (NPLH), and
- Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) programs.
Full applications are not being accepted at this time; however, a Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply is required to be considered for an award of housing funds in calendar year 2021. The deadline to submit NOIs is September 15, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. Please view the NOFA for submission instructions and details for the September 9, 2020 mandatory applicant ZOOM training. A separate NOFA for CDBG Public Services and Capital projects will be posted in November.
EMERGENCY RENT ASSISTANCE. The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is providing limited rental assistance to eligible Unincorporated Santa Barbara County residents that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental
support. Applications for emergency rent assistance are CLOSED for the cities of Goleta,
Santa Maria, Carpinteria, Buellton, Solvang, Santa Barbara and Guadalupe due to limited
Unincorporated Santa Barbara County: Residents with income up to 80% AMI may continue to apply for up to 3 months rent assistance, maximum $3,000. For more information and to apply, CLICK HERE.
The City of Lompoc has launched a Utility Grant Assistance program. This grant assistance is for households within Lompoc City limits directly impacted by COVID-19 who are considered low income as determined by HUD. The grant assistance is also for Lompoc businesses who have less than 5
employees (including owner) that were/are impacted by COVID-19 and either the business owner or employee(s) are of low income. This program can pay up to 3 months of unpaid City of Lompoc Utility Billings for time periods of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The process, details and application for this
program can be found on the
City of Lompoc website.
Programa de Emergencia con Asistencia de Pago de Renta: Los Programas de Emergencia con Asistencia de Pago de Renta le proporcionan asistencia de renta limitada a los residentes elegibles en las áreas del Condado de Santa Bárbara no incorporado, que han sufrido una pérdida de ingresos debido a la pandemia COVID-19 y que pueden demostrar la necesidad de apoyo con su renta. Aplicaciones para los programas de emergencia con asistencia de pago de renta han CERRADO para las ciudades de Goleta, Santa María, Carpintería, Buellton, Solvang, Santa Barbara y Guadalupe debido a fondos limitados.
Programa para el Condado de Santa Bárbara no incorporado CARES ACT: Los residentes en las áreas del Condado de Santa Bárbara no incorporado con ingresos de hasta 80% de los ingresos medios del área pueden solicitar hasta 3 meses de asistencia con pago de renta, máximo de $3,000. Para solicitarlo, HAGA CLIC AQUI .
La ciudad de Lompoc ha lanzado un programa de asistencia de servicios públicos. Esta asistencia es para los hogares dentro de los límites de la ciudad de Lompoc directamente afectados por COVID-19 que se consideran de bajos ingresos según lo determinado por HUD. La asistencia es también para las
empresas de Lompoc que tienen menos de 5 empleados (incluyendo el propietario) que fueron o se ven afectados por COVID-19 y el propietario de la empresa o los empleados son de bajos ingresos. Este programa puede pagar hasta 3 meses de facturaciones no pagadas de servicios públicos a la ciudad de
Lompoc por períodos de tiempo durante la Pandemia COVID-19. El proceso, los detalles y la aplicación de este programa se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de
la ciudad de Lompoc.
Round I Emergency Solutions Grant- Coronavirus (ESG-CV)
On July 7, 2020 the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution authorizing Santa Barbara County HCD to apply for the formula allocation of $1,031,300.00 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) funds created by the CARES Act and administered through the Sate of California. $977,000 in
ESG-CV funds will be available for award as State HCD has allocated 5.2% to the administrative entity for administrative costs. On June 16, 2020 the CoC Planning Committee voted to allocate 70% ($683,900)of Round I of ESG-CV funding to Emergency Shelter providers and 30% (293,100) of Round I
ESG-CV funding to Street Outreach activities.
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 has been awarded funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to build capacity in our local Homeless Management Information System. As the HMIS Lead Agency, County HCD is seeking time limited services to assist with building capacity and improving HMIS bed coverage by supporting agencies using the data base system primarily new users. Please see the request for letters of interest and qualifications for agencies currently using the Homeless Management Information System and able to provide professional services to County HCD and the Continuum of Care. All letters need to be submitted by Wednesday, November 27 at 4pm. Click HERE for details.
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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