Department of Social Services


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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.

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Did you know?

  • To help households displaced by the Camp and Woolsey fires, all CalFresh recipients in our County can use their EBT card to buy hot foods and foods ready for immediate consumption at any EBT retailer, from November 17 to December 17, 2018. See this bilingual flyer.
  • Need affordable health coverage for 2019? You can enroll in subsidized insurance through Covered California from October 15, 2018 to January 15, 2019. Or, you may qualify for Medi-Cal. See our Health Coverage page to learn more.
  • Get more fruits and vegetables: The Market Match program doubles your CalFresh benefits at participating Farmers' Markets in Santa Barbara County (up to $10 per household per day). Visit to find a participating Farmers' Market near you.
  • 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.
  • Not sure where to find help? Visit 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. Please also be aware of phone scams like this one, and avoid providing information such as your social security number or bank account number over the phone.

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