On Friday, February 14th, the Housing Authority Of The City Of Santa Barbara (HACSB) came together with the community to celebrate the grand opening of Johnson Court – the first housing development in Santa Barbara County specifically for veterans.
The event kicked off with the National Anthem sung by Tina Schlieske, a local rock artist from Santa Barbara and followed with a Presentation of Colors by the Vandenberg Air Force Base Honor Guard. Moving speeches came from HACSB’s CEO and Executive Director, Rob Fredericks, as well as from a daughter from the Johnson family, US Congressman Salud Carbajal and Donna Williams, whose late husband Ken Williams inspired the name of the on-site community room.
Ken Williams was a local hero who walked the streets of Santa Barbara for more than three decades, reaching out to the poor and the marginalized in the Santa Barbara community. He was also a United States Marine and a Vietnam Veteran.
Johnson Court will have 16 studio units for very low and low-income veterans, a two-bedroom manager unit, and common area and office space to accommodate the provision of services and activities on-site. Veterans will begin moving in this week.
To learn more about HACSB, please 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.