Associated Students Legal Resource Center

Offers legal advice, education, information and/or referrals , and can assist students in identifying and resolving legal problems…read more.

Money Matter Guide, Legal Section

To schedule an appointment, call 805-893-4246, Drop in hours: Robin Unander – Tues & Thurs. 11am-4:30pm, Marissa Martinez (legal assistant) – Fri. 12-5pm…read more.

Associated Students Isla Vista Tenants Union

Provides individual counseling aimed at providing tenants with constructive knowledge and skills to ensure successful tenancies and help in the resolution of tenant-landlord conflict…read more.

Also sponsors educational programs designed to inform the community of tenants’ rights and address local tenancy issues of concern.

Community Housing Office

Offers many services like:
-Off-Campus Rental Listings
-Landlord/tenant, neighbor, and roommate dispute resolution
Mediation Program
-Advice and information about rental rights and responsibilities for tenants and property providers
Educational Workshops
-Move-in and Move-out Videotaping

Click here to visit the website for the Community Housing Office.

Safe Parking Program

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.


Emergency Shelters

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. Casa Esperanza Homeless Center will be closing its drop-in services and suspending its Community Kitchen lunch program serving Santa Barbara’s poor. Due to a lack of sustainable funding for the organization’s extensive scope of services, the nonprofit will focus all energy and resources on its core 24-hour residential shelter and transitional programs. Casa Esperanza’s Community Kitchen, which celebrates its 25 this fall, will continue to serve meals to those living at Casa Esperanza within the 24-hour residential shelter and medical shelter programs.

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.




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