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Santa Barbara County's homeless numbers up, but so is the number of those being sheltered

These are units for the La Posada Dignity Moves interim housing complex in Santa Barbara while they were under construction. It recenly opened to clients.
Caroline Feraday
These are units under construction at the La Posada Dignity Moves development for the

Also, the County and the City of Santa Barbara learn they will be getting nearly $8 million dollars in additional state funding to battle the crisis.

A new census shows homelessness in Santa Barbara County has increased.

Numbers have just been released for the county’s 2024 Point in Time Count, a one day countywide survey of people impacted by homelessness.

It shows 2119 people are experiencing homelessness, up by just over 230 people from the 2023 count. The number of homeless families with young children increased from 93 to 125.

One of the positive notes is that the number of people being sheltered showed a sharp increase, going up by more than a hundred. In the last year, two interim housing communities with more than 170 units have opened.

The governor announced that the City of Santa Barbara and the County will get an additional $7.8 million dollars to help battle the problem.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.