Department of Social Services

Welcome!

We're here to help.

The Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services provides protective and supportive services to help individuals and families in our community be safe, supported and self-sufficient.

What can we help you with?

What would you like to do?

Did you know?

  • Can't get to our office? We hold office hours (outstations) at many other locations on a regular schedule. Find out when we'll be in your neighborhood on our Contact Us page.
  • This summer, kids can enjoy free meals from Picnic in the Park or school summer meal programs. To find free summer kid's meals near you, see this 2-page bilingual list, or text SUMMERFOOD to 877-877.
  • Free fruits & veggies for low-income seniors: coupon books for $20 worth of Farmers Market food will be distributed countywide in August. For distribution dates and locations, see this printable flyer.
  • Not sure where to find help? Visit www.211santabarbaracounty.org or call 211 on your phone for help finding services: health care, child care, domestic abuse support, counseling and more.
  • Never share your EBT card number and PIN number: this information can be used to steal your benefits. Beware of scams: the county or state will NEVER call or text you to request this information.
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