Additional Housing Resources

Down Payment and Loan Assistance

Emergency Housing/Shelters

Foreclosure Assistance

Homebuyer Financial Assistance (mortgage)

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)

Housing Discrimination

Rental Assistance Programs 

Tenant/ Landlord Assistance & Disputes

Mobile Home Registration Info




Down Payment and Loan Assistance

CALHFA (California Housing Finance Agency)

This agency provides low-interest loans to qualified, first-time homebuyers through various participating lenders.

Contact: (916) 322-3991 or (916) 324-8088

Or please visit their website at


FHA provides mortgage insurance on loans made by FHA-approved lenders throughout the United States and its territories.
Please visit their website at

Coastal Housing Partnership: 

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Emergency Housing / Shelters

2-1-1 Santa Barbara County

This is a service provided by Eden I&R, which offers free, confidential, 24-hour information to help you find affordable housing, after-school programs, tenants' rights assistance, emergency shelters, public assistance programs, and more.  Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


If calling from a local land line, simply dial 2-1-1

If calling from a cellular phone, dial (800) 400-1572

Or please visit their website at


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Foreclosure Assistance 

While the County does not provide direct assistance to those facing foreclosure, their Department of Housing and Community Development works closely with local community organizations that offer assistance, including foreclosure prevention workshops, housing counseling services, and other programs that may be helpful for households at risk of foreclosure.  Please contact the agencies listed below for more information on the programs they offer.

 Links to Assistance and Information:

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County 
Services provided: Offers a Foreclosure Prevention Program that provides free legal assistance to county residents facing foreclosure. Visit for additional information.

California Housing Finance Agency

(916) 322-3991 or (916) 324-8088


HUD Approved Housing Counselors

(888) 995-HOPE (4673)


Federal Housing Administration (FHA) 


US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)



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Homebuyer Financial Assistance (Mortgage) 


Coastal Housing Partnership

Please visit their website at


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 Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Assistance


North County

Good Samaritan Shelters

245 E. Inger Dr., #103-B, Santa Maria, CA 93454

(805) 346-8185

Mid County

Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People

545 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA 93463

(805) 686-2856

South County

Casa Esperanza Homeless Center

816 Cacique St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103

(805) 884-8481

Transition House

425 E. Cota St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 966-9668

Legal Aid Foundation

301 E. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 963-6754


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Housing Discrimination

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Contact (800) 669-9777


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Rental Assistance Programs

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

This is a local public agency that provides affordable housing as well as supportive services to eligible persons whose incomes are insufficient to afford market-rate rents. The Housing Authority owns and manages hundreds of units throughout the City and also offers rent subsidies to eligible households (when available).


808 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 965-1071

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara


Main Office

917 W. Ocean Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436

(805) 735-8351


Or please visit their website at


Peoples' Self Help Housing Corporation

PSHHC owns and manages hundreds of affordable housing units throughout Santa Barbara County.

26 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 962-5152


Santa Barbara Community Housing Corporation

This group owns and manages several affordable housing projects throughout Santa Barbara County.


11 E. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 963-9644


Mercy Housing California

Mercy Housing has developed thousands of affordable housing units through the State of California. They own and operate two projects in Oxnard and are recently completed a large project for low-income families and seniors in Santa Barbara.

 For more information, visit their website at


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Tenant/Landlord Assistance & Disputes

Federal Fair Housing Act

The Federal Fair Housing Act and California state law protects your rights.  Everyone should be able to rent or purchase a home as long as you qualify financially.  No one may be denied housing based on his or her race, gender, color, nationality, religion, disability, marital, or family status.

Whether you are buying, selling, renting, or financing a home or if you are a current tenant, homeowner, or landlord, you need to know what your rights and responsibilities are. 

The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing equal housing opportunity for all people regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, familial status or disability.  If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination, please call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Fair Housing Hotline at (800) 669-9777.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


The purpose of this chapter is to supplement the provisions of state law governing the rights and duties of landlords and tenants of residential property in the County of Santa Barbara and to partially mitigate the financial hardships faced by resident households through payment of relocation benefits.

This ordinance is not intended to create a substantive defense to a summary eviction or unlawful detainer proceeding.

For more on Chapter 44, please click  here

If you need assistance regarding a landlord/tenant issue, please contact one of the following organizations:

1.  Rental Housing Mediation Task Force:  (805) 564-5420 (available to these zip codes: 93013, 93067, 93101, 93103, 93108, 93109, 93110, 93111,93117)

2.  Legal assistance (attorneys provide "advice only" assistance)

The County Law Library:

Santa Barbara          (805) 568-2296
Santa Maria              (805) 346-7548


Low Income Legal Assistance:

Santa Barbara          (805) 963-6754
Santa Maria              (805) 922-9909
Lompoc                     (805) 736-6582

Senior Outreach:

Santa Barbara          (805) 963-6754
Lompoc                     (805) 736-6582


Additional Tenant & Landlord Issues Resources

Tenant & Landlord Issues Resources-North County

Tenant & Landlord Issues Resources-South County

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Mobile Home Registration Info

Register Your Mobilehome California, administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) gives owners whose mobilehomes were never been properly titled and registered a path forward to correct the issue, ensuring more families have the opportunity to obtain proof of ownership for homes they rightfully purchased. Through the program, the average homeowner saves nearly $3,000.

HCD continues to take applications from the public. Mobilehome owners can follow application instructions on HCD's website at  registeryourmobilehomeca.orgor call (800) 952-8356 to receive technical assistance.

A Spanish-language version of the website and the Google Translate application can be accessed by clicking on the upper right corner of the webpage.

Click this following link for more information: HCD Mobile Home Registration


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