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How are the homeless provided for?

Homeless housing shelters and support services in the City of Santa Barbara.

The City of Santa Barbara has helped finance the operation and in some cases, the construction of homeless housing shelters throughout the City. Listed below are the homeless housing shelters and centers currently in operation:

  • Casa Esperanza provides a range of services to the Santa Barbara homeless community. The shelter offers beds for up to 200 men and women on a first-come first-served basis during the winter months from December 1 through March 31. The Day Center operates year-round and provides meals and a range of social and support services, along with a limited number of shelter beds. The shelter and day center are located at 816 Cacique Street. For more information, call (805) 884-8481 or visit their website.
  • Transition House operates a homeless family shelter for up to 63 families. In conjunction with the shelter services, Transition House offers childcare and job-training services, along with other housing opportunities. Transition House is located at 434 E. Ortega Street. Contact them at (805) 966-9668, or visit their website.
  • The Salvation Army provides year-round shelter and support services to those employed or seeking employment and to people referred by various social service agencies. There are 60 beds in the shelter. The Salvation Army provides breakfast to shelter residents at the center and operates a mobile meal program at various locations. The Salvation Army is located at 423 Chapala Street in downtown Santa Barbara. For more information, call them at (805) 962-6281 or visit their website.
  • The Rescue Mission primarily provides drug and alcohol rehabilitation for both men and women. It also provides sleeping quarters for the homeless at night, which includes breakfast and dinner. Stays at the mission are generally limited to ten nights per month. The Rescue Mission is located at 525 East Yanonali Street. Contact them at (805) 966-1316 or visit their website.

For more information on homeless services contact The Homeless Service Resource Center at (805) 692-4999.