Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

The CoC Program is designed to address the critical problem of homelessness through a coordinated community-based process of identifying needs and building a system of housing and services to address those needs. The County of Santa Barbara serves as the collaborative applicant for the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County CoC.

2018 Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care Governance Charter

2019 Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care Written Standards

2019 Point in Time Count 

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 please click HERE for a summary of the results and HERE  for a detailed presentation. 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


 Please find below the 2018 Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care Application and Priority Listing, which will be submitted as the 2018 CoC Consolidated Application for the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC). Together these documents comprise the funding request for the CoC Program for the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County CoC for the 2018 competition.

2018 Continuum of Care Application

2018 Priority Listing 

FY 2018 CoC Program Competition                                           

FY 2018 CoC Priority Listing NEW

FY 2017 CoC Program Competition

 Join the CoC

It is with great excitement that we invite you to join the Santa Maria / Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC)!  The CoC is the regional planning body that coordinates the community's policies, strategies, and activities toward preventing and ending homelessness. 
Through the Continuum of Care, community stakeholders engage on the issues facing Santa Barbara County's low-income population, homeless individuals and families, and other at-risk populations, and become part of the solutions being offered to address those challenges.

To join please email Jett Black-Maertz at 

If you have an interest in preventing or ending homelessness, we would love to hear your opinions and feedback. Please email us directly at