County Board of Supervisors Approves More Than $1 Million in Grant Recommendations Requested by the Human Services Commission of Santa Barbara County

Image-NPRNThe Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has recently approved more than $1 million in funding recommendations made by the Human Services Commission of Santa Barbara County. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, grants will be given to nonprofit organizations providing critical basic needs and safety net services across Santa Barbara County.

Since 1977, the commission has been advising the Board of Supervisors about funding for local nonprofit human services agencies for effective delivery of much-needed services. The commission oversees $1.2 million in general funds and approximately $300,000 in federal funds annually for countywide programs that support low-income and at-risk children, families, seniors, homeless, persons with disabilities and HIV/AIDS, and other vulnerable populations.

“When the people in our communities have enough to eat, feel secure and comfortable in their neighborhoods, and can access the resources they need to better their circumstances, the vibrancy of the entire county is elevated,” said Commission Chair Julie Kessler Solomon. “This is an example of what’s right with our local government. Thanks to the foresight of the Board of Supervisors we are able to offer funding where it is most needed.”

2016-17 Grants

The commission is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for specified county general funds in the Human Services Fund as well as federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.

Basic Services and Best Practices Grants

Basic services and best practices grants are dispersed in three-year increments. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, the board approved the commission’s recommendations to provide more than $1 million to the following organizations for their second year of funding:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley ($80,000)
  • Carrillo Counseling Services Inc., dba New Beginnings ($6,150)
  • Casa Esperanza Homeless Center ($80,000)
  • Catholic Charities ($35,000)
  • Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM) ($20,000)
  • Community Action Commission ($60,000)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates ($30,000)
  • Domestic Violence Solutions ($35,000)
  • Family Service Agency ($30,000)
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County ($35,000)
  • Friendship Adult Day Care Center Inc. ($15,000)
  • Good Samaritan Shelter ($110,000)
  • Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. ($50,000)
  • Isla Vista Youth Projects, Inc. ($36,150)
  • North County Rape Crisis ($25,000)
  • Orcutt Area Seniors in Service, Inc. ($6,150)
  • Pacific Pride Foundation ($6,150)
  • Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels Inc. ($10,000)
  • Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center ($36,150)
  • Santa Maria Valley FISH Meals On Wheels ($10,000)
  • Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People ($30,000)
  • Sarah House Santa Barbara ($5,000)
  • Saint Vincent’s ($86,150)
  • Transition House ($30,000)
  • Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara (Fiscal Umbrella) ($20,000)
  • Unity Shoppe, Inc. ($25,000)
  • Valley Haven ($15,000)
  • Visiting Care and Companions ($6,100)
  • VTC Enterprises ($6,000)
  • WillBridge of Santa Barbara, Inc. ($30,000)

Mini Grants

Mini grants are awarded annually for agency capacity building projects. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, the board approved the commission’s recommendations to provide $59,000 in funding to the following organizations:

  • Carrillo Counseling ($7,000)
  • CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates ($7,000)
  • Community Counseling and Education Center ($5,000)
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County ($7,000)
  • Future Leaders of America ($6,000)
  • People’s Self-Help Housing ($7,000)
  • Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family ($7,000)
  • Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People ($7,000)
  • United Boys and Girls UBGC ($6,000)

Emergency Solutions Grants

The Human Services Commission evaluates and prioritizes Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) from federal funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds are designated for the provision of basic shelter and essential supportive services to homeless persons including victims of domestic violence. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, the board approved the commission’s recommendations to provide more than $130,000 in funding to the following organizations:

  • Carrillo Counseling Services, dba New Beginnings Counseling Center ($12,300)
  • Domestic Violence Solutions ($7,500)
  • Good Samaritan Shelter ($38,432)
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County ($5,433)
  • PATH Santa Barbara ($34,953)
  • Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People ($14,500)
  • Transition House ($11,000)
  • WillBridge of Santa Barbara, Inc. ($7,800)

Community Development Block Grant Public Services Awards

The Human Services Commission evaluates and prioritizes Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for public services from federal funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds assist low- and moderate-income individuals and households with safety net services as well as housing programs and other community development needs. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, the board has approved the commission’s recommendations to provide more than $145,000 in funding to the following organizations:

  • Casa Serena, Inc. ($13,923)
  • Catholic Charities, Santa Barbara Region ($11,000)
  • Community Action Commission ($15,222)
  • Good Samaritan Shelter ($29,995)
  • PATH (16,800)
  • Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center ($13,923)
  • Santa Maria Valley Fish – Meals on Wheels ($13,923)
  • Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People ($19,084)
  • Willbridge of Santa Barbara, Inc. ($13,923)

 

About the Human Services Commission of Santa Barbara County

The Human Services Commission of Santa Barbara County was established in 1977 by the Board of Supervisors to advise the board concerning the development and implementation of effective human service policies, and to make recommendations on human services grants. The commission is responsible for making recommendations to the board for specified county general funds and HUD funded grants to nonprofit agencies. In 2011, the Board of Supervisors put the commission in charge of making recommendations on the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.

The commission is a dedicated group of volunteers comprised of three commissioners per supervisorial district. Chosen to serve based on their highly diverse backgrounds, commissioners work to protect and sustain the human services safety net that serves all Santa Barbara County residents.

Commissioners are:

Chair, Julie Kessler Solomon, Third District

Vice Chair, Michele Mickiewicz, Second District

First District: Oscar Sepulveda, Carol Keator, and Sharrie Suzanne Cawthon

Second District: Lucille Ramirez and Sharon Siegel

Third District: Joan Marie Fairfield and Jessica Tade

Fourth District: Ruth Jensen

Fifth District: Chrissy Allen, Deborah A. Aceves, and Linda Lindner

 

Photo credit: Left side image – Isla Vista Youth Projects, Inc. received a $36,150 Basic Services and Best Practices Grant. Image courtesy of Isla Vista Youth Projects, Inc. Right side image – Community Action Commission received a $60,000 Basic Services and Best Practices Grant and a $15,222 Community Development Block Grant. Image courtesy of the Community Action Commission.

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