By Blake DeVine Published July 1, 2020 10:43 am Seniors aided with affordable sanctuary at Gardens on Hope Courtesy PhotoThe Gardens on Hope offers 89 affordable housing units for eligible seniors 62 years and older. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. —As COVID-19 continues to reshape life throughout the country, one thing for certain is that the record-high increase in unemployment…

City Approves $2 Million Loan for Four-Story Homeless Housing Project The City of Santa Barbara okayed a $2 million loan by the Housing Authority for a vacant lot at 116 East Cota Street on which to build a four-story complex of studios for 29 homeless people. | Credit: Courtesy By Nick Welsh Thu Jun 25, 2020 | 4:55pm…

  June 5, 2020 Dear Santa Barbara Community Members: Across the country, citizens are protesting the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black lives senselessly taken in moments of racially driven brutality. These ongoing acts of violence have provoked a historic level of protest, a response to the pervasive injustices…

On May 6, 2020, the Women’s Fund awarded grants to nine local nonprofits totaling $685,000 from membership donations collected during 2019. These grants bring the total awarded to local nonprofits to nearly $7.9 million since the Women’s Fund was founded in 2004. Low-income seniors have a better chance of staying in their homes with onsite…

Please help us spread the word! To help send messages directly to the Spanish speaking community, the City of Santa Barbara is introducing a new area to sign up for news updates in Spanish: SantaBarbaraCA.gov/Noticias As City officials get key information translated, it will be shared in the news feed. It’s easy to sign up…

To avoid face-to-face contact and the spread of COVID-19,  effective 4/8/20,  the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will offer limited tax preparation services. The United Way of Santa Barbara County will serve as a drop-off location for taxpayers to leave their paperwork for tax preparation. Location: 320 E. Gutierrez, Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.…

COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County United Way of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Foundation, and Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community affected by…

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