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Santa Barbara County rent assistance.

Low income families in Santa Barbara County can apply for rental assistance from a number of organizations. Funding may be available at non-profits, churches, or other charities in the region. Any resources that may help with rent are focused on residents in an emergency, in particular senior citizens or the disabled as well as households with children.

Residents also have other options available to them. Not only may there be emergency funding for the payment of a portion of rent that is owed, but other resources range from shelter to transitional housing or free eviction prevention advice. Or if a qualified low income family needs help to move, then grants may be provided for paying a security deposit or first months rent expenses on a new Santa Barbara home.

Housing Authority of the City of SB (HACSB)
Address is 808 Laguna St.
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Families renting an apartment within the city can receive a loan to pay the security deposit. Other programs include HUD section 8 vouchers.

Alexander House Foundation
Phone: (805) 966-3665
Rent and deposit help is for senior citizens in Santa Barbara County. The grants can also be used to pay for moving expenses.

Catholic Charities
Address is 609 E Haley St
Santa Barbara, California 93103
Funds are used for bills ranging from back rent to energy bills or a deposit.

Transition House is located at 425 E. Cota St.. Call the non-profit at 966-9668. Families with an eviction notice can apply for financial aid.




Santa Barbara County DSS - Department of Social Services
234 Camino Del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 681-4401
Cal-Works and other public benefits may be able to help with rent, job placement, and homeless prevention.

Mental Health Association - MHASB Housing Assistance  (Fellowship Club)
Main office - 617 Garden St.
Santa Barbara, California
Telephone - 805-884-1010
No-interest loans can be used for rental deposits and other expenses. The assistance is for the disabled only.

Salvation Army Hospitality House
423 Chapala St.
Shelter is offered. Other programs include referrals, emergency funding, and meals.

Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara
Goleta, California
Main phone - 805-967–3402





Community Action Commission
5681 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara, California 93117
Call (805) 964-8857
The non-profit may have referrals to housing and grant programs.

Casa Esperanza
Address: 816 Cacique Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Rapid rehousing is for individuals or families that have an income under 50% of the areas. Funds can be used for rent, moving costs, or utility deposits. They can also pass out free motel vouchers to while someone is waiting on applications to their rental assistance programs.

Bringing Our Community Home
816 Cacique St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 884-8481
The agency offers grants and support from the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. There is also tenant mediation, programs for security deposits, and legal aid.

Legal Aid Foundation
Address - 301 E Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara, California
For information, call (805) 963-6754
Attorneys help low income families and the disadvantaged avoid an eviction.

Emergency homeless shelters and transitional housing in Santa Barbara County

These non-profits will provide housing for short tern needs. It will also combine case management as well as other support services.

  • Rescue Mission is for the homeless. 535 E. Yanonali St.. Call 805-966–1316.
  • Transitional Housing House – Clients are the homeless with children, veterans, and single parents. 805-966–9668.
  • WillBridge of Santa Barbara Address is 1215 E. Monetcito St.. Low cost housing is offered. The rent due is minimal. Call 805-564–1911.
  • Hotel de Riviera – Call 963–6443.





  • SB Community Housing Corporation – Housing is for the underserved, such as elderly and mentally ill. Phone – 963–9644.
  • St. Vincent’s Gardens – Telephone number is 805-683–6381.
  • People’s Self-Help Housing Corp – Low cost rental housing and apartments are for working poor families. 805-962–5152.

By Jon McNamara











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