Housing and Shelter
Are you a student with questions about housing, experiencing housing insecurity or know someone who needs housing support? Contact the Basic Needs Center for support at (805) 922-6966, ext 3927 and visit us in G-101 to assist you.
A individual who is experiencing a housing insecurity as defined by the Mckinney-Vento Act is an individual who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes: Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
Visit the Basic Needs Office in G-101 for support in navigating community resources
and access to local shelters.
Basic Needs Intake Form
Are you a student looking for a roommate and don't have housing secured yet? Complete the Basic Need Intake Form for support.
Information to include:
- Number of people in household
- Rent Range (i.e. $600- $1,110)
- Type of Housing (i.e. Room, Studio, House)
- Location (i.e. Santa Maria, Orcutt, Lompoc etc)
- Other information that may be relevant to your housing search
Please read the "Policies" tab when submitting a listing or a roommate search
Are you a landlord looking to rent out an apartment or room? Are you a student with housing looking for a new roommate? Use the Housing Referral Form to have your housing listing to share your listing with the Basic Needs Center.
Please read the "Policies" tab when submitting a listing or a roommate search
Halsell Builders (Formerly Coastline Housing Group)
Halsell provides brand new town homes less than a mile from Allan Hancock College. The units are solar-powered and include state-of-the-art features like advanced air scrubbers and hand sanitizer stations. The units include the following for $635/student:
- Washer and dryer
- Gigabyte WiFi
Property is shared housing and shared bedrooms. Credit will be checked. If students don't qualify a guarantor may be used. For further information please contact the property manager using your myHancock email
Property Manager- Halsell Builders
firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 310-5254
Policies surrounding The AHC Preferred Housing Listing
Allan Hancock College and the Office of Student Services/Basic Needs offer this off-campus housing site and the listings and information contained on this site as a service to our students. The hope is that our students will be able to use this as tool to facilitate their search for suitable housing and roommates.
In conclusion, the college:
- Does not make any representation, guarantees, or promises with respect to the condition, quality, or safety of the listed properties or the community where such property is located.
- Does not take responsibility for the truthfulness of rental advertisements or roommate posting on this site
- Does not inspect nor approves any off-campus housing
- Does not verify the identity of any person posting a listing
- Does not endorse in any way any landlord, individual, or property management business that lists properties on this site
- Is not a roommate-matching agency and is not responsible for the actions of any person listed on this site or any resulting business transaction or relationship.
Local Shelters and Community Housing Information
Coordinated Regional Entry Points are sites where individuals experiencing housing insecurity can be assessed for, referred, and connected to housing and assistance based on their needs.” - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Good Samaritan Shelter, 401 W. Morrison- Navigation Center (trailer), Santa Maria, CA 93458
Monday 1:00- 3:00 PM and Thursday from 9:00-AM- 11:00 AM
- Salvation Army, 200 W Cook St., Santa Maria, CA 93458
- Thursdays from 9:30-11:45am
- Shower Site
- Power of God Christian Center, 1503 North McClelland (Rancho Bowl Parking Lot), Santa Maria, CA 93454
- Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 pm
- Shower Site
Solvang, Santa Ynez People Helping People, 545 N. Alisal Road, Solvang, Tuesdays, from 9:30- 11:00 AM
- BridgeHouse, 2025 Sweeney Road, Lompoc, Monday from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
- Oak Street, 836 West Oak, Lompoc, Thursday from 9:00am-11:00am.
- New Beginnings, Vandenberg Village Office, 3769 Constellation Rd., Suite B Lompoc, Thursday from 12:30pm-2:30pm.
New Beginnings’ Safe Parking Shelter and Rapid Rehousing Program provides safe overnight parking to individuals and families living in their vehicle. A driver’s license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance is required to enroll in the shelter component of the program. In addition, we also offer rapid rehousing services and other housing assistance services to community members through the program.
Contact staff of our Safe Parking Program by calling (805) 845-8492 or email us at email@example.com. Current proof of a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance is required to enroll in the program. If you are living in your vehicle and are interested in rapid re-housing services, please contact us as well.
The Santa Maria Emergency Shelter and Lompoc Bridgehouse Shelter are open starting at 4:30 pm each day. Persons wishing to enter the program may contact the program at anytime during regular working hours between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm to set up a time for an intake. There are several services available to residence of our shelters that include but are not limited to: overnight shelter, case management, laundry facilities, hot meals, and mental health services. Please note, COVID-19 testing protocols are in place for ALL clients.
Good Samaritan’s Family Shelter is located at 401 W Morrison Ave., Building C. The family shelter was developed in response to the growing need of a program to assist families who are in limbo due to socio and economic hardship. This 90 day program allows families with children to work closely with a case manager to attain various life skills so that the family may successfully transition into independent living.
A website of resources for youth experiencing homelessness. Information such as health care, foster care, and public benefits are among the many resources listed on this website.
There are many resources available to help individuals facing vehicular residency. It's essential to seek out local resources and organizations to learn everything you can about your options. The following resources can provide support right now.
- Food Pantries: This site provides a list of more than 12,000 emergency food plans across the United States.
- United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: HUD provides a variety of resources, including vouchers for finding low-income housing, rental information, subsidized housing and additional housing assistance.
- Homeless Shelter Directory: This list offers information on homeless shelters located across the U.S.
- Free Clinics: Visitors to this site will find a list of free medical care clinics in the U.S.
- Job Corps: Job Corps provides educational and vocational training for youth and adults. It’s also a great source for beginning a career search.
- PATH: This organization helps people find permanent housing and provides case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training and other services in more than 140 cities in six regions.
Supportive Housing Resources
The HACSB assist those individuals in housing while in a time of need; working families, seniors on fixed incomes, and persons with disabilities. The housing programs they currently have to help members of the community are as follows:
- Section 8
- Work force
- Senior housing
- Supportive housing
People's self-help housing supports low income families, farm workers, seniors, and veterans and provide welcoming environments for those living with disabilities and for the formerly homeless. While also having services to promote health, well-being, and career success.
Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People in Santa Ynez reach from the Santa Ynez Valley to Los Alamos.
Their service staff is working with clients over the phone at this time but they are still providing their services. They have food, emergency programs that may help pay rent or bills and more. If you are interested and fall under their service area please refer them to call their main office at (805) 588-2572 and ask for Victor.
From government agencies to nonprofit organizations, several assistance programs are available to help you find affordable housing. Some offer rental assistance or help with getting an eviction delayed, while others can help you find temporary shelter while you get back on your feet.
Provides free, confidential, 24 hour information to help you find:
- Affordable housing
- After school programs
- Tenant's rights assistance
- Emergency shelters
- Public assistance programs
Available 24/7, 7 days a week.
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