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Hunger or Homelessness: Support

This guide provides recommended resources for research and services related to students experiencing hunger or homelessness.

Local Resources

  • 211 Santa Barbara County
  • 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, try 800-400-1572.

  • Santa Barbara Public Library Community Connections
  • Community members can obtain assistance in identifying vital community resources to meet their needs, with a focus on housing, health, nutrition, employment, and education.

  • The Santa Barbara County Affordable Housing Resource Guide 2022
  • Explore the local agencies and supportive services providers listed in this guide to discover resources that will assist in the search for housing.

  • PATH - People Assisting the Homeless
  • PATH is an interim housing program serving homeless individual men and women. PATH provides access to 100 beds year round for referrals from partner agencies.

  • Unity Shop Programs
  • Provides food, clothing, and other resources. Applicants will need photo Identification, verification of income, rent receipt, and proof of address.

    Call: (805) 965-4122 or (800) 252-8542 Toll Free.
    Visit: 1401 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 12 PM – 5:00 PM
    Visit the SBCC EOPS office for on-campus help getting a referral for this program.

  • New Beginnings Safe Parking Program
  • We provide confidential, daily-monitored parking places for those who are living in their vehicles because they do not have sufficient income to provide for their basic need of affordable housing.

  • Anti-Defamation League
  • The Anti-Defamation League’s Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties Office serves Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties, combating all forms of hatred and bigotry. We handle victim complaints of all forms of discrimination.

Additional Resources

  • National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth
  • Financial information about how those experiencing homelessness can get Economic Impact Payments and other tax benefits.

  • Help for #RealCollege Students
  • Here at #RealCollege, we give students and faculty the tools they need to succeed. The following links are resources for information and aid.

  • National Center for Homeless Education: Helpline
  • NCHE works with schools, service providers, parents, and other interested stakeholders to ensure that children and youth experiencing homelessness can enroll and succeed in school.

  • Swipe Out Hunger
  • Founded by a group of friends at University of California Los Angeles in 2010, Swipe Out Hunger is the leading nonprofit addressing hunger among college students. We promote on-campus solutions, policy and advocacy pathways, and community building practices to address student hunger.

  • Food Recovery Network
  • Food Recovery Network is the largest student movement fighting food waste and hunger in America.