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Steps to getting help for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and in need of support services:

1. Meet in-person with a Housing Navigator at a regional entry point (see above) for a screening.

OR

Call 805-450-3558 (Home For Good Santa Barbara County Resource Connect Hotline) for more information. 

2. Receive a referral for services depending on the level of need.

3. Connect to housing resources. 

Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance. Free, Confidential, 24/7. Available in multiple languages. ​

If you are in crisis, call 9-1-1 ​

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The Santa Barbara region has been very good about creating long-term plans to address critical issues. Unfortunately, our follow-through has been lacking more often than not. The strongest, most resilient, most innovative strategic partnerships begin from a place of true curiosity and humility: What have we learned? Who is best equipped to solve each piece of the puzzle? How can we coordinate our efforts over the long term? Our region has been grappling with issues of housing and homelessness for decades. We’ve asked a lot of questions. We’ve made a lot of plans. But the political will and the financial commitment have not been sufficient to do what we know we must. Today I believe we’re closer than we’ve ever been. The Home for Good effort is, arguably, what we’ve been working toward all this time. Now it’s up to us to show we can build the political will, establish the critical trust among all who serve our homeless neighbors, and make the financial commitment necessary to solve homelessness in our region.” -Geoff Green

Click here to submit an evaluation. 

Jeff Shaffer, our Director of Community Engagement at Northern Santa Barbara County United Way / Home for Good SBC pictured here, on State Street, working alongside agencies and individuals experiencing homelessness to empower the local homeless community and to learn more about how we can help.

How to speak to a child about homelessness, from Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley United Way. 
































Who Is Required To Participate In The Coordinated Entry System? 
Currently CoC or Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funded Housing and Rapid Re-Housing Programs are required to participate. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has also issued a memo with guidance about participation in CES. We are working with other providers named in the Open HMIS Release of Information. ​See the “Who May Attend the CES Case Conferencing in Santa Barbara County?” Section for information about this. 

Who May Administer the VI-SPDAT in Santa Barbara County?
Designated staff from agencies named in the ROI who have been trained by OrgCode, Community Technology Alliance or the Northern Santa Barbara County United Way. Your agency will also sign an MOU with the Northern Santa Barbara County United Way. If you have questions about your status please contact emily@liveunitedsbc.org. 

Who May Administer the Family VI-SPDAT in Santa Barbara County?
Designated staff from agencies named in the ROI who have received the required training for the VI-SPDAT and CoC approved trauma informed interview training. Your agency will also sign an MOU with the CES Lead Agency (Northern Santa Barbara County United Way). If you have questions about your status please contact emily@liveunitedsbc.org. 

Who May Attend the CES Case Conference in Santa Barbara County?
Designated staff from agencies named in the ROI who have an Open HMIS User Agreement with the County of Santa Barbara. Attendees will also sign a confidentiality agreement (linked below) and always sign into the meeting. If you have questions about the Open HMIS MOU contact kalbers@co.santa-barbara.ca.us.

What Forms Do I Use When Administering the VI-SPDAT or Family VI-SPDAT?
The VI-SPDAT or Family VI-SPDAT, HMIS Release of Information (ROI), Standard Adult Intake, and a Housing Preference Form. You should also have discrimination complaint forms available. 

What Forms Do I Give After Administering the VI-SPDAT or Family VI-SPDAT?
Be sure to give people the evaluation form and contact sheet.

What Do Physical Points Of Entry Do?
Entry points will screen, assess and refer individuals and families to appropriate housing and services. 
Regional entry points are open at designated days and times and will post Fair Housing Notices. 

When is CES Case Conferencing in Santa Barbara County?
The 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30pm and be available in person for all regions via multi-point video conferencing thanks to a partnership with Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness. 

SOUTH 
Santa Barbara Childrens Services
Conference Room # 119
429 N San Antonio Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93110 

MID 
Children’s Mental Health Services 
New Harbor Room # 164 
401 East Ocean Avenue 
Lompoc, CA 93436 

NORTH 
Adult Mental Health Services 
Annex (the trailer not the large room)
500 West Foster Road 
Santa Maria, CA 93455 

What Happens Before A Match Is Made?
Regional Entry Point staff works with sheltered clients and Home For Good and other outreach partners work with unsheltered client to complete the document ready checklist. 

What is In The Document Ready File? 
Use the document ready checklist to collect proof of identification and income and other verifications such as chronic homeless verification and a verification of disability. 

Once A Match Is Made What Happens?
After a match is made the housing locator form is used to document attempts to find the client. 

Permanent Supportive Housing Vacancy Form / Rapid Re-Housing Update Form

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