Housing and Community Development

Homelessness Assistance Programs

The Housing and Community Development Division (HCD) administers federally- and locally-funded grant programs dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

CoC Program

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is a federally-funded program that is designed to assist homeless individuals and families and provide them with the services needed to help them move into transitional and permanent housing with the goal of achieving long-term stability.

ESG Program

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program is a federally-funded program that seeks to address the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.


A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is an electronic data collection tool designed to capture client-level information over time on the characteristics and service needs of homeless persons and services provided to homeless persons.


Find Assistance

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, click on the links below to find local resources.

2-1-1 Santa Barbara County
Common Ground Santa Barbara County Resource Guide


News & Announcements


Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care

Please find below the 2017 Priority Listing as approved by the CoC Board on September 7, 2017 for submission to HUD for the 2017 Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County CoC Local Competition.


Thank you so much to those of you who participated in the competition.  We appreciate all the hard work you and your staff devoted to preparing and submitting your funding application.  Please note that the local competition has now concluded. 
As you know, this year's Continuum of Care Program Competition was focused on housing and policy goals locally and nationally, and included the two-tier system by which projects are prioritized and ranked according to performance data captured through the CoC-approved scoring tools.  As there is a limited amount of total funding available each year, difficult ranking decisions had to be made.
Both the Review and Rank Panel and the CoC Board sought to ensure that the approved 2017 Priority Listing contributes to a competitive CoC application that collaboratively secures HUD funding to improve the community.
Again, thank you for all your time and effort in preparing your project applications and for all the work that your agencies do in providing housing and supportive services to those in need in the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care.

Best wishes,
Santa Maria / Santa Barbara County CoC


2017 Final Priority Listing

FY 2017 CoC Program Competition: Public Solicitation

July 26, 2017 Please be advised that the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year 2017 Continuum of Care Program Competition was released on Friday, July 14, 2017. The federal government will be providing funds to help local organizations and governments deliver housing and services to people who have been experiencing homelessness.


The Santa Maria / Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC) issues this Public Solicitation for new Project Applications. We encourage agencies that do not currently receive CoC Program funds, as well as current recipients, to consider applying for a new permanent supportive housing project, a new rapid re-housing project, and/or a new transitional housing/rapid rehousing hybrid project. For more information, please find enclosed a Summary of the FY 2017 CoC Program Competition NOFA.  Please note that HUD released a revised CoC Estimated Annual Renewal Demand Report on July 20, 2017.  As a result of the revised report, Santa Maria/Santa Barbara CoC's estimates for funding have changed; these changes are now reflected in the Summary.


A mandatory Technical Assistance Workshop for all interested applicants will be held on Friday, July 28, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM at the following locations:


North County Location:

Betteravia Government Center

Board of Supervisors Hearing Room

511 E. Lakeside Parkway

Santa Maria, CA 93455


South County Location:

County Administration Building

Board of Supervisors Hearing Room

105 E. Anapamu St., 4th Floor

Santa Barbara, CA 93101


The workshop will be followed by an optional one-hour session from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM on E-snaps, the federal system for submitting applications.  This optional session will also cover the Program Evaluation and Scoring Tool (PRESTO), HomeBase’s web-based tool for analyzing project performance and facilitating local applications for competitive federal funding.


All are welcome. This workshop will outline the competition and project application requirements. If you are able, please send an RSVP to sb@homebaseccc.org by Thursday, July 27 and let us know how many of your staff will be attending the workshop.


This Public Solicitation will be posted in the following virtual and physical locations:

- Santa Maria / Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care Website
- City of Santa Barbara Website
- City of Santa Maria Website
- Santa Barbara County Website
- Santa Maria / Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care Listserv
- Craigslist


Please forward this Public Solicitation to any interested parties, listservs, and public bulletin boards.


Inquiries about this process may be directed to the Santa Maria / Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care at sb@homebaseccc.org.



Summary (PDF)

NOFA Timeline (PDF)

Dinah Lockhart

Deputy Director

Ryan Cooksey
Housing Data and Program Analyst

Miriam Moreno
Housing Program Specialist I

Contact Information

County of Santa Barbara
Community Services Department
Housing and Community Development
123 E. Anapamu St., Second Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101