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Emergency Housing Help Available In Santa Barbara

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Emergency Housing Vouchers are being made available in Santa Barbara.

There’s help for those who are homeless or who have housing instability, on the South Coast.

215 Emergency Housing vouchers are available in Santa Barbara County as part of the American Rescue Plan.

Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Rob Fredericks says the homeless issue has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

"Part of the growing homeless issue is because of the pandemic," Fredericks told KCLU News.

"And people not being able to keep their housing. Even though there's an eviction moratorium, people have lost their housing and have lost their jobs.

"A lot of people even before the pandemic were living in their vehicles, were living in tents. We've seen growing issue of encampments along the off ramps and freeways and sidewalks," said Fredericks.

The vouchers are to assist individuals and families who are homeless, fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; at risk of homelessness; or were recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability.

Landlords are being offered incentives for each voucher leased up, including a $1,500 signing bonus for each lease up and up to $2,000 security deposit assistance.

For more information: Email: leasing@hacsb.org or phone: (805) 897-1010