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
Temporary Eviction Moratorium Due to Coronavirus COVID-19
On March 24, 2020, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance, amending Chapter 44 of the Santa Barbara County Code, to suspend evictions arising from loss of income or substantial medical expenses related to COVID-19 until May 31, 2020 (the "Urgency Ordinance").
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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
COUNTY DISASTER MITIGATION PROGRAMS: The State will receive special allocations of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for disaster-related projects tied to the 2017 Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flow. The CDBG Mitigation program (CDBG-MIT) will offer funds on a competitive basis to jurisdictions to support infrastructure projects, housing activities, public services, economic development, disaster preparedness, and planning efforts. Projects must increase resilience and reduce or eliminate risk from potential future disasters. Click HEREfor the CDBG-MIT Fact Sheet. An informational meeting was held by the State in Santa Barbara on March 5, 2020, which may be viewed at: https://youtu.be/trmESZaQkw8?t=554
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 HEREfor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (805) 568-3529
- CDBG FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS: The County's Capital Loan Committee and Human Services Commission's Allocations Committee have made 2020 CDBG funding recommendations for consideration by the County Board of Supervisors at the May 5, 2020 public hearing. Click
HERE to view the CDBG Capital project recommendations and click
HERE to view the CDBG Public Services recommendations. Please contact HCD@co.santa-barbara.ca.us with any questions.
- Housing Capital project Notices of Intent were submitted in response to the County's 2020 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.
- Community Forums: Thank you to all who attended community forums this week!
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- Continuum of Care (CoC) Board Calendar of Meetings and Events
- 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.
- HMIS Professional
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 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. See meeting agenda, slides and materials
- 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.
- 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.
- Housing and Community Development releases a Notice of Funding Availability for several grants and loans. Links to previous 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.
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