What We Do
The Human Services Commission of Santa Barbara County was established in 1977 by the Board of Supervisors to advise the Board concerning the development and implementation of effective human service policies, and to make recommendations on human services grants. The Commission is responsible for making recommendations to the Board for specified county general funds and HUD funded grants to nonprofit agencies. In 2011 the Board of Supervisors added the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to the Commission's advisory responsibilities.
The Commission is an all-volunteer advisory body comprised of three commissioners per supervisorial district. They provide the Board with recommendations for approximately $990,000 in general funding and approximately $180,000 in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). See the Commissioners here.