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Rent & 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 Preferred Housing List

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

Find a roommate

Submit your listing here!

Please read the following information when submitting a listing or a roommate search

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.

Coastline Housing Group

Coastline 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- Coastline Housing Group (805) 310-5254

Housing Services for 18-24 Year Olds

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!


Tuesdays, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Fridays, 10:00am - 12:30pm


Additional Resources


"The California Homeless Youth Project (CHYP) compiled lists of basic needs resources in order to make these resources more accessible to undergraduate students. The 50 California Community College campuses, 23 California State University campuses, and 9 University of California campuses"

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.


The Good Samaritan Shelter provides a wide range of shelter for those within the community. A few of the services provided are:

  • Emergency shelter for adults and families
  • Family shelters
  • Permanent housing
  • Out patient and alcohol treatment
  • Mental health services

Aside it provides after school programs for children and assist our Veterans. 


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.

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.