Department of Social Services

General Relief

The county funded General Relief program offers short-term assistance to adults without children who need assistance with meeting their most basic shelter and personal needs.  Adults applying for General Relief fall under two categories:   employable or unemployable.

Employable participants are required to repay county funds by participating in a Work Project. Other employment services include referrals to Job Club and Job Search where participants receive four weeks of assistance in seeking and securing a job.

Unemployable participants must provide proof of disability. Many people in this group are awaiting federal government approval of their disability.  Participants must sign an agreement to repay county funds issued, by deductions from future disability benefits.  Our SSI/SSP Advocates provide assistance with the SSI/SSP application process.

Unlike other programs, General Relief applicants must apply in person at one of our three locations in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, or Santa Maria.

 Office Locations

Santa Barbara    


Santa Maria

234 Camino Del Remedio    

1100 W. Laurel Ave.    

2125 S. Centerpointe Pkwy

(805) 681-4401

(805) 737-7080

(805) 346-7135



Ms. Flores was extremely helpful and courteous in helping me in my General Relief interview.  I also really appreciated the donated items (baseball caps, shirt, bag, and jacket).  I didn't have a hat for the sun or a rain jacket, and it will help me a lot outside when the marine layer does its summer drizzle at night!  Thank you.

-A Client

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