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Grace Village Apartments

After 113 years in the Santa Barbara community, Grace Lutheran Church began a new chapter with Grace Village Apartments, a new housing community for low-income seniors.

The A-frame church and land at 3869 State Street was gifted to the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara in December 2014 for co-development with Front Porch Development Company of the 58-unit affordable housing complex. The concept of Grace Village began as far back as 10 years ago as Grace Lutheran members and California Lutheran Homes began to explore ways to continue its strong service to the Santa Barbara community after decades of declining membership. Grace Lutheran Church held its last service on February 15, 2015.

The community, designed by RRM Design Group, features 58 one-bedroom residences and an on-site resident manager, a community room, leasing office, maintenance area, laundry room on each floor and two elevators serving all of the floors with interior corridors and all entries ADA accessible.

Financing for the project includes federal tax credits through the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee program, with MUFG Union Bank, N.A., as the construction lender and equity investor, California Community Reinvestment Corp. as the permanent lender, and residual receipt loans from the City of Santa Barbara and Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara. Grace Village Apartments, L.P., is carrying out operations for the development and the Housing Authority is acting as the administrative agent for the partnership. 35 units will benefit from a Project-Based Section 8 contract administered by the Housing Authority of City of Santa Barbara and will pay 30 percent of income towards rent.

The day-to-day management of Grace Village is carried out by CARING Housing Ministries.

Vehicle Restriction

Due to its proximity to local amenities including public transportation, medical facilities, and marketplaces, and greatly reduced parking requirements per City approvals, Grace Village Apartments incorporates a NO VEHICLE restriction for residents. That is, units are rented to occupants that do not own, use or possess a vehicle.


Applicants must be income-eligible and not own a vehicle to be considered for residency at Grace Village. In addition to these eligibility requirements, tenant selection will be based on preferences as follows:

  • Date and time of application;
  • Residency (living or working in the south coast region of Santa Barbara);
  • Rent burden (households not currently receiving housing assistance);
  • Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Applying for Grace Village Apartments

To apply for Grace Village Apartments, please complete the Grace Village Application Request Form. To access the form, please click here.  If you meet the eligibility criteria, CARING Housing Ministries will promptly send you the application for your convenience.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to call Grace Village’s manager at (805) 845-5903.


  • On-site Management
  • Community Room
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Elevators
  • Community Garden