Santa Barbara County and non-profits team up on new plan to tackle part of homelessness problem
Proposal calls for temporarily putting 90 small cabins on county land across from the county government center in Santa Maria.
Santa Barbara County and some non-profit groups are working on a new initiative to help ease homelessness in the northern part of the county.
They are looking at creating a temporary village on county-owned property across from the county government center on Betteravia Road in Santa Maria.
What’s being called Hope Village would have about 90 cabins.
The idea is to get people out of campsites, and into a safe space. The site is also adjacent to county offices where people could easily access social services, behavioral health, and other programs.
The county is holding an informational meeting on the proposal Wednesday night. The 6 p.m. meeting is in the Board of Supervisors hearing room at the government center in Santa Maria.