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SBGIVES Flexible Housing Fund


Home For Good Santa Barbara County


This Housing First initiative provides a rental subsidy paired with support services for Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable homeless populations.
Individuals experiencing homelessness are often among the highest utilizers of expensive health care services. The Flexible Housing Fund provides a rental housing subsidy that is paired with support services for Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable homeless populations. A wide body of research shows that this combination is the best, most cost-effective solution to chronic homelessness and dollars saved from “band-aid” solution costs such as hospital stays can be used as rental subsidies that provide people a stable home.
Launched in March 2019 by the United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County, with funds from the Homeless Emergency Aid Program, the Flexible Housing Fund is financed through a combination of public and private funding.


Private foundations will provide critical support and funding to boost the impact of the Flexible Housing Fund and to kick-start new initiatives.*
Some examples include:
An individual or family experiencing homelessness is placed in existing suitable apartment style housing where they receive time-limited supportive services while they transition to a permanent housing outcome. They either “transition in place” in the unit or are given the opportunity to move to another permanent housing unit. 
When other funds are not available we will provide assistance with security deposit and payment for first and/or last month's rent. Beyond securing a housing unit, moving in is the first step to making a house a home. It is critically important to housing stability that residents move into furnished, comfortable units.
Working with the Pathways Housing First Institute we will bring Housing First training to Santa Barbara County. The Pathways model starts by housing people directly from the streets, without precondition. Then addressing their underlying issues around mental health, addiction, medical care, income, and education to help integrate and welcome them back into our community. Private Foundation support will be critical to the implementation of this model in Santa Barbara County. 
(*Developed from the Hilton Foundation “Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool” Fact Sheet) 



Donors who do not wish to donate online may mail donations to:
Fund for Santa Barbara
Attn: SB Gives!
26 West Anapamu St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Make checks payable to the Fund for Santa Barbara, and indicate on the memo line that it is for SB Gives! and to which organization you are donating. Include your address, phone, and email address. If donating to multiple organizations, please combine onto one check and include a list of the individual amounts you’d like applied to each organization. Mail-in Donation Form Here.

“For many nights this veteran slept on the dirt in the park, hoping for his own place. I approached as he slept, calling his name on Christmas eve 2018, he jumped up with a smile as I explained to him that we were going to pick up the keys to his own apartment. He began 2019 in his own home. He continues to enjoy life and thrive in his own apartment!” - Debra Hamrick


Home For Good Santa Barbara County supports our Coordinated Entry System, a no-wrong door, countywide system that engages and connects individuals and families experiencing homelessness to the optimal resources for their needs. Since launching in January of 2018 with the help of our partners we have collected 2,526 Vulnerability Index Surveys from individuals and families in Santa Barbara County and now know by name who is prioritized for Permanent Supportive Housing or Rapid Re-Housing interventions. We also know that there are not enough units of housing, subsidies or supportive services to meet this need. The Flexible Housing Fund will be critical to securing quality affordable housing for people who are experiencing homelessness and have complex physical and behavioral health conditions.

Join us. Homelessness is not an isolated issue. Everyone across Santa Barbara County must pitch in to help. We need you to talk to your neighbors, encourage lawmakers to keep their promise to build supportive housing, and help people move off the streets. Join our campaign to ensure longterm solutions to homelessness.