Housing and Shelter

Are you a student with questions about housing, experiencing housing insecurity or know someone who needs housing support? Contact the Basic Needs Center for support, or fill out our intake form and we'll do our best to assist you. 

A individual who is experiencing a housing insecurity as defined by the Mckinney-Vento Act is an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes: Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.

Visit the Basic Needs Center, or fill out our intake form for help and support navigating community resources.

Local Shelters and Community Housing Information

The Haley St. Navigation Center has many resources available for Transitional Aged Youth (17-24) including Basic Needs services and case management.  Visit their website to learn more!  

  • 425 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA (805) 730-3848 ‎- https://transitionhouse.com/  
  • Casa Esperanza Homeless Center 816 Cacique Street, Santa Barbara, CA (805) 884-8481 ‎- http://casa-esperanza.org/
  • Santa Barbara Rescue Mission 535 Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA (805) 966-1316 ‎- http://sbrm.org/
  • Bridgehouse Homeless Shelter 2025 Sweeney Rd, Lompoc, CA (805) 737-9449 ‎
  • Rain Transitional Living Center 1732 South Lewis Road, Camarillo, CA (805) 389-3308
  • Bridgehouse Administration Ln 2025 Sweeney Rd, Lompoc, CA (805) 737-9443
  • Turning Point Foundation 536 East Thompson Boulevard, Ventura, CA (805) 652-2151 http://turningpointfoundation.org/
  • Rescue Mission Alliance 315 North a Street, Oxnard, CA (805) 487-1234 ‎- http://erescuemission.org/
  • Lighthouse Women & Children's 104 North Hayes Avenue, Oxnard, CA (805) 385-7200 ‎
  • Noah's Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter 301 West Figueroa Street, Santa Barbara, CA (805) 963-8775 ‎- http://ciymca.org/

Regional Entry Points are the primary entry point for Coordinated Entry. These entry points are resource centers where individuals and families experiencing homelessness can get help finding housing and other resources.

Go to Home For Good Santa Barbara County for more information.

New Beginnings’ Safe Parking Shelter and Rapid Rehousing Program provides safe overnight parking to individuals and families living in their vehicle. A driver’s license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance is required to enroll in the shelter component of the program. In addition, we also offer rapid rehousing services and other housing assistance services to community members through the program.

Contact staff of our Safe Parking Program by calling (805) 845-8492 or email us at safeparking@sbnbcc.org. Current proof of a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance is required to enroll in the program. If you are living in your vehicle and are interested in rapid re-housing services, please contact us as well.

Across the state, PATH helps people find permanent housing and provides case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help them maintain their homes stably. Since 2013, they have connected more than 9,000 people to permanent homes.

In Santa Barbara, they provide a variety of services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness that includes employment, outreach, housing navigation, interim housing, and rapid re-housing.

PATH Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission was founded in 1965 and has been helping the homeless and addicted in our community for over 50 years. Each year, The Rescue Mission will serve 140,000 meals, provide safe shelter to 200 men and women each night, and graduate over 30 people from its 12-month Residential Recovery Program for men and women desiring to break free from cycles of addiction, poverty, homelessness, and crime.

Supportive Housing Resources

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara assists those individuals in housing while in a time of need; working families, seniors on fixed incomes, and persons with disabilities. The housing programs they currently have to help members of the community are as follows:

  • Section 8
  • Work force
  • Senior housing
  • Supportive housing

For more information:

  • Lesley Wilson, MA, Case Manager, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara lwilson@hacsb.org - 805.897.1048
  • Alejandro Jimenez Case Manager, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara ajimenez@hacsb.org - 805.897.1050

People's Self-Help Housing supports low income families, farm workers, seniors, and veterans and provide welcoming environments for those living with disabilities and for the formerly homeless. While also having services to promote health, well-being, and career success.


Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People in Santa Ynez reach from the Santa Ynez Valley to Los Alamos. Their service staff is working with clients over the phone at this time but they are still providing their services. They have food, emergency programs that may help pay rent or bills and more.

If you are interested and fall under their service area please refer them to call their main office at (805) 588-2572 and ask for Victor.

Additional Resources

211 Santa Barbara County Provides free, confidential, 24 hour information to help you find:

  • Affordable housing
  • After school programs
  • Tenant's rights assistance
  • Emergency shelters
  • Public assistance programs

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.