Family Matters News and Information from HACSB Family Resource Center

808 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101 | (805) 965-1071

July 2021

All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

HACSB Mission & Vision


To create safe, affordable, and quality housing opportunities for families and individuals while promoting self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization.


HACSB envisions a community where families and individuals have access to affordable housing and pathways to self-sufficiency.

The Housing Authority will be closed the following days in July:

  • Monday, July 5 - Independence Day Observed
  • Friday, July 9
  • Friday, July 23

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered to anyone age 12 or older (adult parent must be present to give consent). There are various locations to get the vaccine depending on your age. To find one near you and schedule an appointment, click the button below. Minors are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic this week (walk-ins welcome):

  • Thursday, July 8 - Carpinteria Children’s Project, 5201 8th Street, Suite 100 3-7pm Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics - COVID-19 Vaccines

The Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics are now offering COVID-19 vaccines to all Santa Barbara County community members on Thursdays and Saturdays. To make an appointment in Spanish call 805-319-9508 and in English call 805-451-2380.

COVID-19 Testing in Santa Barbara

  • Santa Barbara (Testing Trailer) - Monday-Thursday 9am-noon & 1pm-4pm at 267 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbara, 93110 Click HERE to make an appt.
  • Goleta Valley Community Center - Thursday-Tuesday 7AM-7PM at 5679 Hollister Ave Goleta, Ca 93117. Click HERE to register. Walk-ins accepted.


HACSB Healthy Food Pantry

The Housing Authority will be providing clients with a bag of fresh produce and non-perishables. Next food distribution is scheduled for Wednesday July 21, 2021 from 2pm-5pm at the Property & Development Building (702 Laguna Street). MASKS ARE REQUIRED.

Isla Vista Youth Projects Healthy Food Pantry

Isla Vista Youth Projects FRC will be having food distributions the first and third Thursdays of every month by APPOINMENT ONLY. Call Ana Maya at 805-869-3303 to set up an appointment time. For July, the distribution dates are Thursday July 1 and Thursday July 15, 2021.

IVYP & UCSB Drive-Thru Food Pick Up

The Isla Vista Youth Project in partnership with UC Santa Barbara is providing fresh, prepared meals and produce for drive-thru pick up for those in need of food assistance. Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 6842 Phelps Road, Goleta, CA 93117. If you need food but are unable to pick it up due to quarantine, COVID-19, or are a senior, there is help for delivering the meals. Please send an email to rachelm@ivyp.org or call (760) 937-2948.

Mental Health & Wellness

Mental Wellness Center - SPOT(Support for Parents of Teens and Adolescents) Mom Group

SPOT is a safe space for moms of teens and young adults to connect with other moms who might also be struggling in parenting a child with mental health challenges. Facilitated discussion on emotional intelligence, coping strategies, and mindfulness is all incorporated during this time together. A Spanish group is now available Mondays from 10am-11am, for more information contact Isis Castaneda at 805-448-0920.

Hospice of Santa Barbara - Grief Counseling

Hospice of SB provides compassionate care and support to those impacted with a serious illness and those grieving the loss of a loved one. To learn more about managing grief or bereavement during COVID-19, click here or call 805-563-8820.

Community Counseling & Education Center

CCEC provides low-cost counseling to the Santa Barbara community as well as various programs aimed to reduce the instances of painful experiences, disruptive coping mechanisms, dysfunctional communication and relationships, and emotional distress. Click the button below to see a full list of the services offered.

Financial Assistance

California's COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program is designed to help low-income Californians through the payment of unpaid rent to landlords. Funding for this program comes from the $2.6 billion in federal rental assistance. The program can also cover past due utility payments. To be eligible for the program, one or more individuals in your household must meet all the following criteria:

  1. Have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to COVID–19; and
  2. Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, which may include: a past-due utility or rent notice or eviction notice, unsafe or unhealthy living conditions; or any other evidence of such risk, as determined by the program
  3. Have a household income that is not more than 80% of the Area Median Income

For more information or to apply, please click the button below.

FEMA COVID Burial Assistance Program

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Applications for the program are now open and available over the phone. The COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number is 844-684-6333. For eligibility details and more information, click the button below.

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Applications are now being accepted. Click the button below for more info or to apply.


Hilton Beachfront Resort Santa Barbara

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort is currently hiring for various positions which include, bartenders, carpenters, cooks, food servers, hosts, housekeeping, room attendants, room servers, and more. To learn more and to apply, click the button below.

IMPORTA Santa Barbara

IMPORTA, a non-profit organization authorized to do immigration legal work, is seeking a reliable, detail-oriented administrative assistant to work out of its Santa Barbara office. Hours would be approximately 4 hours/day Monday-Friday, and may be increased depending on need and skills. Bilingual in English and Spanish is highly desirable.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Office Manager Yazmin Dominguez at yazminimporta@gmail.com. Deadline to apply is July 19, 2021.

United Way

United Way of SBC is making a difference in your local community, and so can you! United Way focuses on improving education, financial stability, and health for Santa Barbara County children, families, and seniors. If you join us, you will develop your career with a team of dedicated professionals. They currently have various employment opportunities available. Click the link below to view their openings.

Student Transportation of America (the contractor for SB Unified School District) is still currently hiring 15-20 bus drivers, which includes a $2,000 sign-on bonus and paid training. Starting salary is $17/hr.

For more information or to apply, contact Kathy Kerns at (805) 681-8366 or email kkerns@ridesta.com.

FAMILY Resources

HACSB Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Join the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program! FSS can help you set goals and connect with services to help you obtain employment, advance your career goals, continue your education, and/or improve your finances. As a participant in the FSS Program, rent increases resulting from greater earned income can be saved in an escrow account to help you reach your dreams. You do not need to be working or going to school currently to sign up; you only need to have the desire to change your life’s circumstances for the better.

Watch this short 2-minute video that explains the program by clicking HERE.

Click the button below to register for this series of free financial education workshops! First workshop begins July 6 from 6-7pm.

CommUnify's Economic Empowerment Program

Are you interested in learning how to take control of your finances,understanding your credit scores, and/or learn how to create a budget? The Economic Empowerment Program offers virtual classes on financial education to families with children 0-5 years of age. Classes are held once a week and all you need is an electronic device and access to the internet.

For more information contact Nancy Barragan, Economic Empowerment Educator at nbarragan@communifysb.org or at 805-964-8857 ext. #1168.

Equalitech Introductory computer and language literacy instruction and support

Equalitech provides introductory computer and language literacy instruction and support to the community for free. Teachers are bilingual and the class scheudle can be found online. For more information email gvtc@equalitech.org, call 805-666-2396 or click the button below.

Family Service Agency is offering three relationship education series this summer free of charge to help you manage stress, strengthen communication skills, improve family wellness, enhance parenting skills and more! Please see each flyer below for more info or click the button for their website.

SEE International - SB Vision Care Program

Free eye exams and eyeglasses are available for uninsured children and adults of all ages. There is a restricted selection of glasses available; SBVC covers either clear single vision or clear bifocals. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 805-963-3303 or click the button below.

SENIOR resources

Senior Connection

Senior Connection is a specialized information and referral service for senior individuals and their caregivers. For help finding more resources call 805-928-2552 or click the button below. Third party translation services are offered for Spanish speakers.

St. George Community Center - Senior Program

The Senior Program (ages 55+) at the St. George Community Center (1032 E. Mason St. Santa Barbara, CA 93103) is available IN PERSON Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 12pm. They offer a variety of free activities including games, art, workshops, music, and dance. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9-10am there will be ZUMBA for seniors. For more information visit their Facebook page at the button below.

YOUTH Resources

Try these coping skills with your child. One activity per day week, or month and see the difference it can make!

FoodBank Picnic in the Park

Foodbank's Picnic in the Park will be providing free lunch for school aged children every weekday during the summer months.

Lunch in the Library

Children and teens are invited to come pick up a free nutritious meal as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. There are no income requirements, and any child 18 and under is welcome. No sign-ups or registration needed. Meals are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Please wear a face mask and be prepared to follow social-distancing guidelines. Lunches will be served "grab and go" style, Monday through Friday, through August 13th.

Where: SB Central Library 11:30AM - 12:30PM

Summer Camps/Activities

Wilderness Youth Project Summer Camp

At these one- to two-week camps in S.B. outdoor natural spaces, the focus is on child-centered nature exploration and play. Scholarships are available. In person. Ages 4-17. June 7-Aug. 13. $250-$685/session. Various locations throughout S.B. and Goleta. Call (805) 964-8096 or email info@wyp.org.

United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara

United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara offer a wide range of services for children and teen ages 6-18. Services include - after-school, summer programs, sports, fitness, music, art, and more. For summer, they will be offering an outdoor soccer program and a full Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm program with a focus on reading, math, history and biology. For more information or to apply, please click the link below.

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara: Camp Ignite for Teens!

A safe, supportive, pro-girl environment for teens featuring STEAM enrichment, leadership development, advocacy, movement, college prep, and more! In person. Grades 7-12. June 21-Aug. 13. $500/four weeks. Goleta Valley Teen Ctr., 4973 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Call (805) 963-4757 or email info@girlsincsb.org.

Santa Barbara Creative Education

Children can rotate through a variety of activities such as sports, games, art, music, theater, video/photography, science/nature, or academic tutoring. In person. Ages 6-14. June 7-Aug. 9. $250/week. Garden Street Academy, 2300 Garden St. Call (805) 455-1124 or email darezzocenter@gmail.com.

S.B. Zoo Camp

This award-winning Zoo Camp will offer age-appropriate themed programs featuring animal encounters and hands-on science. Ages 3-12. June 7-Aug. 13. $195-$345/week. S.B. Zoo, 500 Niños Dr. Call (805) 962-5339 or email cabbott@sbzoo.org.

Enriched Nature Camp

Nature activities enriched with social and emotional learning. Engage the senses with short hikes, games, art, observation, and discussion! In person. Ages 6-10. June 28-Aug. 20. $275/week. Tucker’s Grove Park, Stevens Park, and S.B. Botanic Garden. Call (805) 895-2110 or email hello@enrichedathome.com.

On the Same Page — All Ages Library Program

Free programs, a paper-chain reading log, a community-wide scavenger hunt, and a new mobile library! In person and virtual. All ages. June 1-Aug. 15. Free. Carpinteria, Central, Eastside, and Montecito Libraries and the Library on the Go outreach van. Call (805) 962-7653 or email youthservices@santabarbaraca.gov.

S.B. Soccer Kids Camp

Camps are designed for K-8 school year boys and girls field players and goalkeepers. In person. Ages 5-16. June 7-Aug. 6. $40/day; $160/week. Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd., Goleta. Call (714) 222-1903 or email sbsoccercamps@gmail.com.

S.B. County Junior Lifeguards

The S.B. County Junior Lifeguards is a fun and educational program at Hendry’s and Goleta Beach. In person. Ages 8-17. June 28-Aug. 6. $315/two-week session. Goleta Beach, 5986 Sandspit Rd., Goleta; Hendry’s Beach, 2981 Cliff Dr. Email sbcojg@sbparks.org.

Jobs and Internships

Goodwill Youth Program Orientation

Join the Goodwill team in learning more about their Youth Program held every Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Anyone from the ages of 14-24 who is looking for work experience feel free to join and learn more on how they may be able to help! Zoom info below.

2nd Story Youth Opportunity Fund

Grants are available to help students participate in educational enrichment and extracurricular activities. The Youth Opportunity Fund provides one-time financial assistance to assist with the cost of enrichment opportunities. Housing Authority Families of students in grades K-12 are eligible to complete an application. The maximum grant amount per household shall not exceed $500.

Appropriate grants include:

  • After school enrichment program fees
  • Travel costs related to enrichment programs
  • Material costs related to enrichment or educational programs (i.e. athletic equipment, musical instruments, art supplies, etc)
  • Summer program fees

For application information, contact ResidentServicesInfo@hacsb.org or call Leticia Zuniga at (805) 897-1059.


P-EBT 2.0 Extended for Families

More money for groceries is coming your way! You may qualify for Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits because kids were learning from home. If your school age child (TK-12th grade) was distance learning and enrolled in free or reduced price school meals at a participating school in the 2020-21 school year, your family may be eligible for P-EBT benefits. Click the button below to learn more.

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