Public Health Department (PHD)


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What We Do:

Santa Barbara County has long been home to people experiencing homelessness and the Public Health Department has been providing services through the Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program since 1988. There are approximately 6,250 people experiencing homelessness in the county and the program provided essential health care to 4,573 people in 2012.


Access to health care is provided through coordinated outreach integrated with an elaborate and effective clinic system.  Our system has three Health Care Centers located within homeless shelters, six Public Health Department Health Care Centers and five non-profit community clinics that collaborate to serve all areas of the County. 


Medical outreach is an important method of removing barriers to health care for those who are experiencing homelessness.  The field service team consists of Public Health Nurses (PHNs) stationed in thirteen homeless shelters and transitional living centers.  The nurses provide triage care and make referrals to the Health Care Centers and shelter-based clinics for those needing additional care.


The HCH program in Santa Barbara County continues to excel as a provider of health care to people who are homeless.  The ongoing efforts of the team including Physicians, Dentists, Registered Nurses, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Administrators, Health Educators, and Medical Assistants ensure services that otherwise would be unavailable to the homeless community.

  • Medical Services
  • Primary Care Services
  • Family Planning
  • Urgent Care Services
  • Public Health Nurse Outreach
  • Substance Abuse Outreach
  • Transportation Services
  • Breast Exam Services
  • Laboratory Draw Station
  • Immunization Services (Shots)
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Tuberculosis Skin Testing (TB)
  • Dental Services
  • Pap Services
  • Referrals
  • Women's Health Services
  • Gynecology Services (GYN)
Program Eligibility:

Services are available for homeless children, youth, adults, expectant mothers and seniors in Santa Barbara County* or those at-risk of homelessness.  You may qualify for services if you are:

  • Living without shelter
  • Staying in a shelter or transitional housing program
  • Housed in a residential alcohol and drug treatment program with no stable housing to go to upon program completion


To access services, patients may sign-up at any of the Health Care Center locations, including the Shelter based satellite locations (see listings below.)  Depending on your income, you may qualify for reduced or no fee services; patients will not be refused service based on ability to pay.


For more in-depth registration information, please refer to the Health Care Centers main page.


If you have additional questions, please contact our administrative office or speak with a representative at one our health center locations.


*Proof of legal residency is not required

Shelter Clinic Locations:
Public Health Nurse Outreach Locations:
  • Salvation Army in SB & SM
  • St Brigids Isla Vista
  • Victory Outreach in Lompoc
  • Recovery Point Detox in SM
  • Mariposa House in SM
  • Hope House in Lompoc
  • Hotel de Riviera in SB
  • St Mark's University Parish Isla Vista
  • Noah's Anchorage in SB
  • Bridge House in Lompoc
  • Domestic Violence Solutions in SB, SM & Lompoc 
  • TC House in Lompoc
Health Care Centers (HCC) Locations:

Partner Agency Clinics:




300 N San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara, CA  93110  -  Telephone: (805) 681-5451  -  Fax: (805) 681-5200

Contact:  Ralph Barbosa-Program Coordinator or Elvira Briones-Arrellano, AOP II