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Emergency & Transitional Housing


Santa Barbara Housing

Listed below are temporary housing programs for all Santa Barbara locals that that include mentoring to become self-sufficient while providing a safe retreat for the night. Programs vary in the duration one is allowed to stay and are typically located in south Santa Barbara county.   

Emergency Housing


Application process:

When the housing emergency occurs, students will initiate the Financial Crisis Response Team application process by emailing financialcrisis@sa.ucsb.edu. Documentation is required for recipients to be provided a housing voucher and they must have accessed their student loan eligibility. If students are unable to provide documentation they must complete and submit a self-certification housing form.

Administration and Distribution:

Housing vouchers will be awarded to students who are determined to be experiencing a housing emergency. Vouchers can be used for both on-campus and off-campus living arraignments. Vouchers are being offered in increments of $500, $150 and $50. The goal of this program is to address short-term, immediate needs while keeping students enrolled and on track to graduate. Additional questions can be directed to our Basic Needs Coordinator, Rebecca Plotkin at rebecca.plotkin@sa.ucsb.edu.

Common Questions:

What do I do if I encounter a student who is food or housing insecure?

It is important to connect students with campus resources ASAP. Please have students email financialcrisis@sa.ucsb.edu right away and we’ll take it from there.

Why do students need to borrow their loans before accessing this program?

UCSB is working hard to create safety net programs that will help our students meet their basic needs and graduate on-time. Given that we have limited resources, we need these programs to be the option of last resort for students.


Victims of domestic violence and their children may stay in an emergency shelter for up to 45 days and may be moved to a transitional housing for up the 18 months afterwards all while receiving counseling and engaging in supportive groups. The housing sites are confidential, please contact their 24 hour hotlines to seek more information or visit their business center Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Family Service Agency – 123 W Gutierrez St, Santa Barbara, CA.

For more information on the Domestic Violence Situation housing programs, visit its website here.


The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara provides overnight accommodations at religious centers during the inclement weather that can cause hardships for individuals without shelters between November 15th and March 31. Guests receive hot meals, personal toiletry items, and resources to health and wellness clinics. There are five locations serving Santa Barbara County: Carpinteria, Isla Vista, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria.

For more information on the Freedom Warming Centers, visit its website here.


The Salvation Army has facilities for overnight rest at the following locations: Santa Barbara Hospitality House, Santa Barbara Corps Community Center, Ventera Transitional Living Center and Ventura Corps Community Center. The programs are led by Salvation Army Officers who assess needs and direct ministries, each location offers various services from disaster services, family counseling, to worship centers.

For more information on the Salvation Army, visit its website here.


Located between Oxnard and Santa Maria, the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission provides hot meals, showers, and overnight stays daily year-round. The Rescue Mission aims to tackle substance abuse and has a long-term recovery for the homeless and addicted. There are also year long residential programs for men and women to tackle addiction issues through building a faith based recovery process. 

For more information on the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, visit its website here.

Longer Term Programs


An interim housing facility, PATH is dedicated towards individuals, families and veterans who have the goal of achieving a stable housing situation, health, and income.  PATH serves the community by building and operating affordable rental homes paired with on-site services that offer residents knowledge in regaining long-term stability.

For more information on PATH Santa Barbara, visit its website here.


Capable and motivated families with children are offered life tools to restore self-sufficiency through active participation in its 30-120 day program addressing the challenges of securing employment, relationships, education, and the like. If eligible, one must sign up in person.

For more information on the Transition House, visit its website here.


The Turning Point Foundation has various housing programs catered to recovery for those with mental health issues and homelessness. Programs are located in Ventura and Oxnard and are designed for participants to increase community integration and permanent residential stability.

For more information on the Transition House, visit its website here.


A transitional housing facility that has a housing program where residents who demonstrate readiness are able to reside in subsidized housing with 30% of their income solely dedicated towards housing expenses and available services addressing the challenges of securing employment, relationships, education, and the like. Will Bridge encourages participants to move towards independence between 1-4 years after receiving support from its permanent supportive housing program. 

For more information on Will Bridge, visit its website here.