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Housing Resources

The resources on this page can assist individuals in multiple housing situations, from shelters to rent relief programs and other support services.

Rent and Utility Relief Programs


The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program provides financial assistance for rent and utilities to income-eligible California renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Both renters and landlords can apply for assistance. Landlords who participate in the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program can get reimbursed for an eligible renter’s unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020. Renters can also receive financial assistance for their upcoming monthly rent, as well as unpaid utility payments dating back to April 1, 2020, or for future utility payments directly to the utility provider.

Eligible renters whose landlords choose not to participate in the program may apply on their own and receive assistance for unpaid rent dating back to April 1, 2020.

I need help with applying: To check eligibility requirements, apply or find a Local Partner Network organization who can assist you further. Visit or call 833-430-5122, toll free.

Check out this Application Assistance Video for help with applying!



The County of Santa Barbara is offering Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance through United Way of Santa Barbara County to eligible County of Santa Barbara residents, that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support. This Emergency Rent Assistance Program is intended to prevent homelessness by providing rent assistance to residents. 

Assistance may cover overdue rent dating back to March 13, 2020, current, up to 3-months of prospective rent, and relocation assistance (such as deposits), for up to a total of 18-months combined assistance. Payments will be made directly to the owners or managers (“landlords”) of the rental units on behalf of the tenants.

Click here to learn about eligibility guidelines

I need help with applying: If you need assistance filling out this application or have questions, please call United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) during the following office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9:00am and 2:00pm. The staff is working virtually and will return all calls and emails within 72 hours (Monday - Friday). For assistance, please call (805) 965-8591 or email

Not located in Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo Counties? Use this link to find rental assistance in your county.


AHC Housing Classifieds (Preferred Housing List)

Do you have a room or apartment to rent out to students? Are you a student looking for a roommate or a place to rent? Use the links below to find a housing opportunity for you!

Are you a student looking for a roommate and don't have housing secured yet? Use the Housing Referral Form to have your roommate request posted on the Preferred Housing List webpage!

Housing Referral Form

Preferred Housing List Webpage

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 posted on the Preferred Housing List webpage!

Housing Referral Form

Preferred Housing List Webpage

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:

  • Furnished
  • Utilities
  • 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

Israel Hernandez
Property Manager- Halsell Builders (805) 310-5254

Policies surrounding The AHC Preferred Housing Listing

Board Policy 6911 Student Housing Partnership


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.

Resources for Individuals in Houseless/Homeless/Transient Situations

Allan Hancock College has partnered with Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley to help connect our students with housing resources!

Are you 18-24 years old? Are you couch surfing, residing in a temporary shelter, or are currently or at-risk of experiencing homelessness?

You can schedule a time to meet with Tara Dove-Morales to get connected with local shelters and housing voucher programs to help find sustainable housing opportunities!


If you need a secure location to meet virtually for Winter 2022, please contact Mary Sherman, Basic Needs Project Director, at

Regional Entry Points are the primary entry point for Coordinated Entry. These entry points are resource centers where individuals and families experiencing homelessness can get help finding housing and other resources.

Go to Home For Good Santa Barbara County for more information

Home For Good Santa Barbara County


  • Good Samaritan Shelter, 401 W. Morrison- Navigation Center (trailer), Santa Maria, CA 93458

  • Monday and Thursday  from 2:00pm-4:00pm

  • 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 


  • Lompoc Recovery Center,  104 South C Street Suite A, Lompoc, CA 93436
  • Wednesday from 9:00am-11:00am

New Beginnings Safe Parking Program

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 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.

Good Samaritan Shelter

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.

Contact information: 

Emergency Shelter and Family Shelter
401-C West Morrison Ave
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 736-0357 x207
Fax: (800) 969-9350
Bridge House
2025 Sweeney Rd
Lompoc, CA 93436
Phone: (805) 735-4390 
Fax: (866) 898-6293

Homeless Youth Handbook - California

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.

People Facing Vehicular Residency: Support & Resources |

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.

Housing Assistance Programs and Resources |

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.

Click the link to learn more about housing assistance programs

Additional Resources

211 Santa Barbara COUNTY

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.

How to Improve Credit While Experiencing Homelessness or Poverty |

Having good credit impacts your financial health in many ways — from having access to loans and insurance to qualifying for housing.

For those living in low-income households or experiencing poverty or homelessness, a good credit score may not be as easy to achieve as it is for higher-income earners. Yet, having access to credit can become even more vital when you’re trying to lift yourself out of debt. It can be hard to break the poverty cycle without it.

How do you build credit if you’re barely making ends meet? This guide will help you learn how to build credit in a step-by-step plan. You’ll also learn how to qualify for credit cards even if you have bad credit.

Click the link above to learn more!