UCSB Emergency Housing

Rapid Rehousing Program

The Rapid Rehousing Program works in conjunction with the Financial Crisis Response Team to connect students experiencing housing insecurity to housing resources.

If a student is at an immediate risk of being houseless, they may be eligible for the following:

  • Housing Navigators: Housing navigators are here for any questions you may have regarding housing insecurities, applying for housing or finding housing. Ready to book an appointment? Click here! You can also email them at: HousingAdvocate@sa.ucsb.edu
  • Emergency Transitional Housing: Temporary housing for up to 25 days for students who lack safe and stable housing. Free meal plans and case management are included during a students' stay.
  • Emergency Housing Grants: One-time emergency rental assistance grants applicable to on and off campus living arrangements. Grant award amounts are determined on a case by case basis.
  • Case Management: The Financial Crisis Response Team works with students to find long term solutions to students' basic needs and provides a holistic service in order to connect students to respective basic needs resources on campus as well as in the community. 
UCSB Rapid Rehousing Program

To be eligible for these programs, students must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled at UCSB at least half-time. Contact the Financial Crisis Response Team (FCRT) to book an appointment to inquire about these programs and start the application process by emailing  financialcrisis@sa.ucsb.edu

Community Housing Support Resources

Showers of Blessings

Showers of Blessings is a service that provides free hot showers and hygienic care for those experiencing houselessness. The program provides a shower trailer that will be at designated spots every week. Every guest receives a freshly washed towel, washcloth, new pair of socks, a new pair of underwear, and hygienic product upon arrival. They have limited emergency clothing for those who come first and there are limited showers available at St. Anthanasius Orthodox Church. This is a service for anyone who may be experiencing houselesness or temporary housing.

St. Michaels University Church:

Mondays: 1-3pm
Fridays: 11 am-1pm

St. Anthanasius Orthodox Church:

Thursdays: 10am- 1pm

Loads of Love

Loads of Love is a program for people in need of laundry assistance, it’s a free service where those struggling financially have the opportunity to launder their clothes at laundromats in Santa Barbara and Goleta. This is a way of caring for people who are struggling financially by helping them in laundering their own clothes and belongings. This program is meant to serv people living on the streets, vehicles, or in shelters, not the public at large. These are drop in events therefore no appointment is required. Volunteers will provide the money and supplies for washing clothes and the limit is 2 loads. 

Available: on the last Tuesday of every month at the Isla Vista Laundromat and Launderland Coin-Op.

Safe Parking Program

This is a service provided by New Beginnings Safe Parking Shelter and the Rapid Rehousing Program that provides safe overnight parking to individuals and families living in their vehicles. There are currently 154 spaces in 26 different parking lots around Goleta, Santa Barbara, and neighboring areas in the county. The purpose of this program is to connect the chronically homeless to safe shelters and environments in order to get them in safer environments. Food is distributed in this service, rapid rehousing services are offered along with other housing assistance services. You will need to register for this service and documentation needed will include: a valid drivers license, car registration, and vehicle insurance. 

Call: 805-963-7777 or email  safeparking@sbnbcc.org to register. 

Domestic Violence Solutions

Domestic violence survivors and their children may stay in one of their two confidential emergency shelters for up to 60 days. While in their shelters, they receive emotional support, food, clothing, goal planning assistance, advocacy for medical, legal and financial resources, along with any other information and referrals they may need. Additionally, DVS offers permanent project-based Section 8 housing for survivors. 


The housing sites are confidential, please contact their 24-hour crisis and information hotline at 805-964-5245, or email info@dvsolutions.org.

Learn more about Domestic Violence Solutions Housing Programs

Freedom Warming Center

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 go to Freedom Warming Centers

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission

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 go to Santa Barbara Rescue Mission

Santa Barbara County Transitional Housing Programs

The Turner Foundation House Program

The Turner Foundation House Program provides housing for young adults experiencing unstable living situations, ranging from living in their cars, couch surfing or sleeping on the streets. They have 5 houses that can house people from ages 18-25. The Turner Foundation focuses on helping students that face significant challenges due to housing and employment barriers. The Turner Foundation offers employment connections, academic support, and weekly case management to ensure students can achieve their individual goals successfully.

For more information on housing options, scholarships, and services visit  The Foundation House

New Beginnings' Supportive Services For Veteran Families

The New Beginnings’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is a is a federally-funded program that is focused on ending veteran homelessness within Santa Barbara County. The program aims to assist veterans in achieving housing stability by providing short-term case management and financial support. While also helping those at risk of losing their housing, as well as those who are homeless and need assistance in securing permanent, traditional housing. 

To check eligibility requirements and get more information visit SSVF

MyHome - YMCA

The YMCA provides support to youth and young adults age 12-24 who are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless. The St. George Youth Center locale has been serving Isla Vista and Goleta  since 1998 by providing alternative spaces for teens during after-school hours. Their goal is to create a space where all youth and teens feel safe and supportedcto be the best version of themselves. They have drop in hours as listed below as well as mobile outrecah hours.

Drop-in services: Thursday: 1pm - 3pm

Mobile Outreach: 3pm - 5pm

For more information and services offered visit MyHome - YCMA

Longer Term Transitional Housing Programs

Path Santa Barbara

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 go to Path Santa Barbara

Transition House

The Transition House is dedicated to reducing family homelessness within the Santa Barbara community. They aim to achieve this goal by providing families with children residential services aimed at alleviating poverty and restoring self-sufficiency. This is done by offering cash rental assistance to homeless families or those at severe risk of becoming homeless. They also offer case management for families receiving assistance and employ housing locators to help families find affordable housing allowing families transition from shelters to permanent rental housing once again.

Learn more about the Transition House Housing Programs

Turning Point Foundation

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 go to Turning Point Foundation Housing

Will Bridge

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 go to Will Bridge Transitional Housing