Home for Good Santa Barbara County Homeless Services

AmeriCorps Serving Here!

 

Home For Good Santa Barbara County, a FOR IMPACT program, supports a 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. We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home for good.


IN NEED OF HELP?  

Contact us to get connected to homeless assistance programs throughout Santa Barbara County. 

Coordinated Entry Poster --English

¿NECESITA AYUDA?

LLámenos y lo conectaremos con los programas de ayuda para las personas sin hogar del condado de Santa Bárbara 

Coordinated Entry Poster – Spanish

We are working to maintain Home For Good Santa Barbara County Coordinated Entry and Coordinated Outreach operations. Due to the COVID-19 "Coronavirus" some of our Regional Entry Point locations will be closed due to the safety protocols of our partner agencies. Outreach can still be contacted via our hotline: 1-805-450-3558. Social services are considered essential services under the statewide, mandatory Stay At Home Order, all interim housing, shelter, outreach, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing programs are considered essential and should continue to operate.


AmeriCorps Serving Here! Learn more about the Santa Barbara County AmeriCorps Partnership 


 

 

IN NEED OF HELP?  

Contact us to get connected to homeless assistance programs throughout Santa Barbara County. 

Coordinated Entry Poster --English

¿NECESITA AYUDA?

LLámenos y lo conectaremos con los programas de ayuda para las personas sin hogar del condado de Santa Bárbara 

Coordinated Entry Poster – Spanish

 

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 for a screening.

OR

Call 805-450-3558 (Home For Good Santa Barbara County Hotline) for more information. Leave a message with phone # or best location. 

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 and online at 211santabarbaracounty.org

If you are in crisis, call 9-1-1.

If you need help with other services or needs, call 211.

* The supply of permanent, supportive housing is limited. In cases where housing options are not available, our team will attempt to match people with rental assistance or other wraparound services.

Home For Good Santa Barbara County COVID-19 Response Fund

COVID-19 Volunteer Needs 

 

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Portal
 
Santa Barbara County Housing and Community Development (HCD) has developed an informational web page 
that will be updated regularly with local and national information and resources. 
Coordinated Entry System
 
Home For Good Santa Barbara County supports a 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. We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home for good.
 
We are working to maintain Home For Good Santa Barbara County Coordinated Entry and Coordinated Outreach operations. Due to the COVID-19 "Coronavirus" some of our Regional Entry Point locations will be closed due to the safety protocols of our partner agencies. Outreach can still be contacted via our hotline: 1-805-450-3558. Social services are considered essential services under the statewide, mandatory Stay At Home Order, all interim housing, shelter, outreach, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing programs are considered essential and should continue to operate.
 
 
IN NEED OF HELP?  
Contact us to get connected to homeless assistance programs throughout Santa Barbara County. 
 
¿NECESITA AYUDA?
LLámenos y lo conectaremos con los programas de ayuda para las personas sin hogar del condado de Santa Bárbara 
 
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 for a screening.
OR
 
Call 805-450-3558 (Home For Good Santa Barbara County Hotline) for more information. Leave a message with phone # or best location. 
 
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 and online at 211santabarbaracounty.org
 
If you are in crisis, call 9-1-1.
 
* The supply of permanent, supportive housing is limited. In cases where housing options are not available, our team will attempt to match people with rental assistance or other wraparound services.

Resource Guides


Common Ground Santa Barbara County Resource Guide 

Common Ground Santa Barbara County Resource Guide - Short - South - English

Common Ground Santa Barbara County Resource Guide - Short - South - Spanish

Common Ground Santa Barbara County Resource Guide - Short - Mid/North - English

Common Ground Santa Barbara County Resource Guide - Short - Mid/North - Spanish 


 

Santa Barbara County 2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to a specialist for personalized assistance.

Free, Confidential, 24/7. Available in multiple languages. 

If out of the area or unable to connect to 2-1-1, try 800-400-1572.


IN NEED OF HELP?  

Contact us to get connected to homeless assistance programs throughout Santa Barbara County. 

Coordinated Entry Poster --English

 

¿NECESITA AYUDA?

LLámenos y lo conectaremos con los programas de ayuda para las personas sin hogar del condado de Santa Bárbara 

Coordinated Entry Poster – Spanish

 

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 for a screening.

OR

Call 805-450-3558 (Santa Barbara County Resource Connect Hotline) for more information. Leave a message with phone # or best location. 

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 and online at 211santabarbaracounty.org

 

If you are in crisis, call 9-1-1.

 

* The supply of permanent, supportive housing is limited. In cases where housing options are not available, our team will attempt to match people with rental assistance or other wraparound services.

 

Resources For Providers


I. HMIS USER CENTRAL
II. TRAINING FOR PROVIDERS
III. COORDINATED ENTRY SYSTEM FORMS AND DOCUMENTS
IV. FLEXIBLE HOUSING SUBSIDY POOL
V. REFERRAL FORMS 
VI. SURVIVOR AND VICTIM SERVICES 
VII. OVERVIEW OF CASE CONFERENCING 

I. HMIS USER CENTRAL

Santa Barbara User Central

 


II. TRAINING FOR PROVIDERS

III. COORDINATED ENTRY SYSTEM FORMS AND DOCUMENTS 

  • Guides

Written Standards 

  • Chronic & Homelessness Certification 

  • Disability Form & FAQ

  • ROIs

  • Intakes, Contact and Housing Preference Form 

 

  • VI-SPDATs

  • Other Federal Forms

Safety Planning & Resources

Survivors of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault,Stalking, and Human Trafficking Form


VII. Overview of Case Conferencing 

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. Other funding sources might also require CES participation.  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 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 Veteran Case Conferencing in Santa Barbara County?

The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00pm by remote meeting. 

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 

Adult Small Conference Room (Checkin in Lobby) 

500 West Foster Road, Santa Maria, CA 93455 

We are working to maintain Home For Good Santa Barbara County Coordinated Entry and Coordinated Outreach operations. Due to the COVID-19 "Coronavirus" some of our Regional Entry Point locations will be closed due to the safety protocols of our partner agencies. Case Coferences are being held by remote meeting. Contact emily@liveunitedsbc.org

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. 

Northern Santa Barbara County United Way's program Home for Good Santa Barbara County is the lead agency in Santa Barbara County's Coordinated Entry System. Home for Good features a Funders Collaborative that meets each quarter, which consists of members from all sectors and geographical areas in Santa Barbara County. The Collaborative ensures that the funds received do the most good, and Home for Good makes sure that works gets done. Simple enough? We think so. Find out more below.

Join our campaign to ensure longterm solutions to homelessness.

"Coordinated entry is an important process through which people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness can access the crisis response system in a streamlined way, have their strengths and needs quickly assessed, and quickly connect to appropriate, tailored housing and mainstream services within the community or designated region. Standardized assessment tools and practices used within local coordinated assessment processes take into account the unique needs of children and their families as well as youth. When possible, the assessment provides the ability for households to gain access to the best options to address their needs, incorporating participants’ choice, rather than being evaluated for a single program within the system. The most intensive interventions are prioritized for those with the highest needs." Coordinated Entry Core Elements, HUD.  

 

What does Home For Good Santa Barbara County Coordinated Entry do?

The Resource Connect Santa Barbara County Coordinated Entry System connects individuals and families currently experiencing homelessness with housing and supportive service programs throughout Santa Barbara County.

 

How can I get started?

Click on the Regional Entry Point page for locations, days and times or call the Hotline for more information (805-450-3558). 

 

How can I be referred to the Home For Good Santa Barbara County Coordianted Entry System?

Contact, or have a person who knows you and your homeless history (i.e. a case manager, your pastor, your primary care doctor, etc.) contact Resource Connect Santa Barbara County.

 

Who is eligible to be referred to Home For Good Santa Barbara County Coordinated Entry System?

Individuals and families who sleep in a place not meant for human habitation (including on the street), in shelter, or in a transitional housing program, or who are fleeing domestic/dating violence or human trafficking, are all eligible.

 

Is it the same process if I start in any city in the County of Santa Barbara?

Yes. The same assessment decision making approach is used at all access points, and all access points must be usable by all people who may be experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. 

 

Do I have a choice in where I want to live in the County?

Participants’ choices in Coordinated Entry process decisions, such as location and type of housing, level and type of services, and other program characteristics, shall be accommodated to the fullest extent possible given overriding health and safety concerns and compliance with outstanding legal requirements.

 

I have gone through the interview process.  Am I guaranteed housing?

No. Unfortunately, there is not sufficient housing for all applicants that will seek placement.  However, Resource Connect Santa Barbara County will do its best to connect all participants with housing and supportive services according to their needs.

 

I have been referred to a housing program in the past. Can I check my status?

Yes. Please contact Resource Connect Santa Barbara County to check on your status.

 

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.

 
 

We work with companies, governments, nonprofits and other organizations to address complex challenges in Santa Barbara County. Our partners contribute more than money. Their expertise, ideas, volunteer power, in-kind support and more are helping build stronger communities.

 


MOUs For The Coordinated Entry System Between United Way and Partner Agencies To Be Physical and Outreach Entry Points

Home For Good Santa Barbara County is the Lead Agency for the 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. We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home for good.

 

City Net

Good Samaritan Shelter 

Isla Vista Community Service District

New Beginnings Counseling Center 

PATH - Santa Barbara

The Salvation Army Transition & Recovery Center 

Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness

Santa Barbara County Social Services

Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People

WillBridge of Santa Barbara 

 


MOUs For The Coordinated Entry System Between Santa Barbara County and Partner Agencies 

City Net 

Good Samaritan

Housing Authority County of Santa Barbara

Housing Authority of City of Santa Barbara

Mental Wellness Center

New Beginnings 

PATH –Santa Barbara 

PathPoint

People Helping People

The Salvation Army Transition & Recovery Center 

Sanctuary Psychiatric Centers

Santa Barbara Community Housing Corporation

Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness

Santa Barbara County Public Defender 

Santa Barbara County Public Health 

Santa Barbara County Social Services 

Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People

Sarah House

The Salvation Army, Hospitality House

United Way

Willbridge

Veterans Adminisration 


MOUs Between United Way and Housing Authorities To Provide Homeless Verification Preferences  

Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara


Other MOUs Between United Way and Service Providers 

Saint John Neumann Catholic Church 

Showers of Blessing 


Home For Good Santa Barbara County AmeriCorps Partnership 

Santa Barbara County AmeriCorps Partnership For Veterans And People Experiencing Homelessness: The Santa Barbara County AmeriCorps Partnership is a program of the United Way NSBC and is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps members serve with the United Way and in agencies that help veterans and people experiencing homelessness obtain housing, employment, provide assistance to the formerly homeless and connect them to other mainstream services to increase self-sufficiency. 

 


AmeriCorps Partnership MOUS 

Common Ground Santa Barbara County (program of the United Way) 

Freedom Warming Centers 

Good Samaritan Shelter 

Home For Good Santa Barbara County (program of the United Way) 

City of Santa Barbara 

Mission United Santa Barbara County (program of the United Way) 

PATH – Santa Barbara 

Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness

Santa Barbara County Public Defender 

Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Department

Santa Barbara County Probation 

Sanctuary Psychiatric Centers