Santa Barbara Rescue Mission- This is emergency shelter for anyone in need of immediate housing. For anyone who needs a bed for the night, please show up at 535 E. Yanonali Street at 6pm to get a bed at 6:30pm. For additional information, click on the link above.
Casa Esperanza - This is a service for individual looking for transition housing. They provide meals, beds, and resources for individuals. Transition housing is temporary housing for an individual working towards finding a more stable job or permanent housing. There are orientations on Monday – Friday at 10am in the office located at 816 Cacique Street. Click on the link above for additional services.
St. Vicent’s - St. Vincent’s programs and services address homeless issues, provide affordable and quality childcare, and prepare women and children for success through our emphasis on education and counseling.
Shelters for Women- Women and children may stay in one of our 3 confidential emergency shelters for up to 45 days, where they receive emotional support, food, clothing, goal planning assistance, advocacy for medical, legal and financial resources, information and referrals. Residents and children participate in counseling and nightly support groups.
Transitional Housing for Women- Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS) operates a transitional housing program for women who have met their goals during their stay at the emergency shelter. Women and their children may stay up to eighteen months in one-bedroom apartments, while receiving group and individual counseling and other supportive services. Second Stage is designed to allow survivors of domestic violence to make long-term positive changes for themselves and for their children.
Transition Housing- Since its creation in 1984, Transition House has provided aid to local homeless families by offering shelter for those in immediate need and by teaching the life-skills necessary to step out of the downward spiral of poverty, become self-sufficient, and return to permanent housing. In addition to the Three-Stage Housing Program, our Homelessness Prevention Program gives financial aid and intensive case management to families in imminent danger of losing their existing housing.
Safe RV Parking Program - Due to the alarming increase in vehicle dwellers in south Santa Barbara County, coupled with the crackdown on overnight parking enacted by the City of Santa Barbara, New Beginnings currently operates a program to provide safe overnight parking for individuals and families who find themselves living in their vehicles. The program is a cooperative between New Beginnings, area churches and non-profits whereby participating institutions provide parking places for vehicle dwellers registered with the New Beginnings program. The program currently includes various dispersed locations in the county. The purpose of the program is to provide a level of stability needed for vehicle dwellers to effectively make positive changes in their lives. A safe place to park, together with the social services and case management provided by New Beginnings case workers, are the tools used to achieve this end. Interested parties should direct their calls to case worker at(805) 284-3463 for Nancy or (805) 637-6242 for Roslyn.
Local Food Banks and Prepared Meals
If you have a long-term food need, check out the Cal-Fresh program.
- This a state and federal funded program that provide individuals and families up to $200 a month in funding for the purchase of groceries. Amy Lopez of the Santa Barbara Food Bank can help walk you through the application process. Contact her for more information.
Food Pantries: Supplemental Groceries
***Any updated times and dates for specific locations are listed below***
Click here (Emergency Food Pantries in South County) for the list of local food pantries in the Santa Barbara area.
Isla Vista Locations:
Catholic Charities IV: Provides Supplemental Groceries,
6550 Picasso Rd.
Isla Vista, CA 93107
Food for Angels: Provides Supplemental Groceries,
781 Embarcadero Delver
Isla Vista, CA 93107
Isla Vista Youth Projects
Every 3rd Thursday of the month from 2:00pm-5:00pm
6842 Phelps Road
Goleta, CA 93117
Alternative distribution site for families.
Located at IV Elementary School in the cafeteria. Available every 4th Tuesday of the month. Time of distribution will be from 4 pm – 6 pm. Items available includes toiletries, feminine products, perishable and non-perishable foods. Also, nutirition education classes will be available. Come and check it out!
Amy Lopez from CAL Fresh program will be available on site for questions. CAL Fresh is an assisted program for low-income individuals and families that provides benefits such as food stamps. Feel free to ask Amy Lopez any questions regarding Cal Fresh and the assistance program.
New Goleta Food Pantry: Distributes produce
The Good Shepard Lutheran Church
Every first Saturday of the month 9:00 am
Church parking lot at 380 North Fairview
St. Brigid Fellowship: Serves prepared meals daily 8:30am-10:30am; Mondays 5-7pm
976 Embarcadero Del Mar, Goleta, CA 93117
Cafe Picasso: Café Picasso is a food pantry and safe space for University students that opened in early January of this year. In addition to providing weekly dinners, the Café offers students a space to reflect and de-stress from the many obstacles they face. At UCSB, many students must defer enrollment in the University and enroll at Santa Barbara City College to save enough money for a quarter’s tuition at UCSB. Due to their deferred enrollment from UCSB, these students are ineligible for the services provided by the on campus AS Food Bank. Located at St. Michael’s Church in Isla Vista.
Pershing Park: Wednesday 5-6pm; Sunday 9am-10am
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Alameda Park: Thursday 6-7pm
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