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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.

  • City of Santa Barbara: Basic Needs
  • A local resource list tailored specifically for people experiencing homelessness.

  • City of Santa Barbara: Affordable Housing
  • Local housing resources for many different types of housing needs, from supportive and workforce housing to emergency and senior housing. See PATH Santa Barbara for emergency hotel vouchers.

  • Common Ground: Resource Guide for Santa Barbara County
  • This resource list is a starting guide. You can also call the 211 Helpline – dial 211 from a phone for referrals to services throughout Santa Barbara County.

  • 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.
    Email: referrals@unityshoppe.org
    Visit: 1401 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 12 PM – 5:30 PM
    Visit the SBCC EOPS office for on-campus help getting a referral for this program.

  • National Center for Homeless Education: California
  • California statistics on children experiencing homelessness.

  • 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.

  • Kidsdata.org: Children in Santa Barbara County
  • Santa Barbara County statistics on community indicators for children, including hunger and homelessness.

  • 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.

  • Just Communities of Santa Barbara 

    A Santa Barbara organization that works to ensure that Central Coast schools, organizations, and communities are places of opportunity, not places of limitation. 

Additional Resources