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Plan for new modular facility to help homeless on South Coast up for key approval

Dimi Katsavaris
Santa Barbara County Supervisors are set to consider a modular housing project which could help get 33 homeless people off the streets at a time.

Proposal calls for downtown Santa Barbara facility which would get 33 people off streets, and move them towards more permanent housing.

Santa Barbara County could approve a plan Tuesday to establish an emergency housing project to help some of the county’s homeless. The proposal is to create a 33-unit temporary housing complex on county-owned land on the 1000 block of Santa Barbara Street.

The project would use modular structures to house 33 people in private rooms. There would be communal modular bathrooms and shower facilities.

Good Samaritan Shelter would manage the facility, which would also have on-site social services to help transition homeless community residents into more permanent housing.

If Santa Barbara County Supervisors approve the plan Tuesday, the goal is to have the facility open by April. It’s expected it will cost about $3.5 million to run the facility over three years, with state and federal funding covering most of the cost.