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CDBG & Human Services Programs

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About the Human Services and CDBG Programs

The City's Human Services and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs allocate grants to help support local non-profit organizations that provide social services to low- and moderate-income City of Santa Barbara residents. The program also provides CDBG capital funds for construction and economic development activities that benefit low- and moderate-income City neighborhoods and individuals.

On these pages, you will be able to access detailed information about these programs, read about each programs’ eligibility requirements, and learn about the grant-application process. Current grantees will also be able to access and download performance report templates

Download the 2022-2023 Funding Recommendation Report for more information.

To find out how to apply for Human Services or CDBG funds see Frequently Asked Questions.

Community Development and Human Services Committee

This thirteen-member Committee is appointed by the City Council to make recommendations on which organizations should be granted Human Services and CDBG funds. As part of the recommendation process, the committee conducts site visits of currently-funded organizations, reviews funding applications, and interviews applicants. Their recommendations are presented to the City Council, which makes the final decisions on funding.

The Committee also meets on a monthly basis to monitor program compliance, review mandatory reports to HUD, hold public hearings, and discuss issues related to community development and human service needs within the community. They meet twice weekly during the funding recommendation process in February.

The Community Development and Human Services Committee (CDHSC) includes representatives of the following groups:

  • African-American Community
  • Business Community/Economic Development
  • Disabled Community
  • Downtown Neighborhood
  • Eastside Neighborhood
  • Housing Authority
  • Homeless Services
  • Human Services
  • Latino Community
  • Oak Park Neighborhood 
  • Senior Community
  • Westside/Lower Westside Neighborhood
  • Youth-Oriented Services

To learn more about the CDHSC and find a meeting agendas and minutes please click here.

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Last Updated: May 2, 2022
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