2019 Affordable Housing Accomplishments and Successful Social Service Programs Pave the Way for 2020 Community Projects Led by Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

A retrospective of 2019 accomplishments by the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) during their 50th anniversary year, highlights the organization’s achievements during a busy year. The agency was created for the purpose of providing safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes, through a variety of federal, state, local and private resources. The last 12 month’s progress documents the agency’s relentless pursuit to implement innovative solutions to help solve Santa Barbara’s affordable housing shortage for families, workforce, seniors and those with special needs.

The year’s highlights include these achievements:


  • The successful management of over 4,000 total affordable rental housing units for Santa Barbara.


  • Creation of the HACSB new 5-Year Action Plan that is committed to long range planning to ensure affordable housing is available to a broad cross section of the community, including the homeless.


  • The purchase of 200 N. La Cumbre Rd, a 1.34 acre parcel. The long-term goal is to redevelop the property as the next HACSB affordable housing development.


  • The expansion of the Housing Authority’s innovative Workforce Housing Program to assist families who make up to 160% of the Area Median Income (AMI). For a family of 4, this equates to $160,480 annually.


  • The award of 30 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Vouchers, from the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program that combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services.

 
  • he award of 49 Mainstream Housing Choice vouchers from HUD to provide rental assistance to homeless and disabled individuals.

 
  • Approval asa Mobile Food Pantry site for Foodbank that allows them to host monthly distributions for Housing Authority clients. 


  • 2nd Annual Housing Santa Barbara Day, a family-friendly fair with the theme of “Healthy Families, Thriving Communities” sponsored in part by HACSB’s affiliate non-profit, 2nd Story Associates.


  • The 6th annual Tools For School event funded by Union Bank, distributing over 450 backpacks to low-income children, providing 100 vision screenings, 220 school supply kits for K-6 students and 180 kits for 7th – 12th graders.


  • Resident Services offerings to strengthen families and individuals. The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) had 145 participants and 8 graduates; Healthy Food Pantry provided 270 pounds of food to 26 households in need; Home Energy Assistance Program provided 30 families with $8,000 in utility credits; the Advocate Health Program served 300 clients; Unity Shoppe collaboration supported 300 clients; Higher Education Scholarships were awarded to first generation college students attending UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and CSU Northridge.


The strong framework of HACSB housing offerings, educational programs and social services for their clients, and, generous community partners in public and private sectors, serve as the foundation required to reach this year’s goals. The agency is currently looking forward to opening the doors to two new affordable housing developments.. Johnson Court, located at 813 East Carrillo Street, will provide 16 studio units with supportive services for homeless veterans. The Gardens on Hope property, located at 251 South Hope Avenue, will be service-enriched affordable housing providing three meals a day, housekeeping, help with activities of daily living, as well as a host of social programs, with 89 units to support Santa Barbara’s frail seniors. Additionally, the organization is working to expand partnerships with Santa Barbara landlords through their Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. To learn more about HACSB, programs and housing, visit hacsb.org

About The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is a local public agency created for the purpose of providing safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes, through a variety of federal, state, local and private resources. Since 1969, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara has developed and/or secured over 4,000 units of affordable rental housing for Santa Barbara through a variety of federal, state, local and private funding sources. Please visit the website at www.hacsb.org.

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