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Homelessness in California
State Government and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Need to Strengthen Their Efforts to Address Homelessness

Report Number: 2017-112

Response to the Survey From —
Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County CoC


HUD provides two lists of California Continuum of Care (CoC) key contacts: one for Northern California and one for Southern California.
You can find these lists at
  1. Enter the CoC number for which you are completing the survey.

  2. Enter the CoC name for which you are completing the survey.

    Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County CoC

  3. Enter the organization within the CoC that you represent.

    County of Santa Barbara

  4. What type of organization do you represent?.

  5. How many staff (full-time equivalents) does your organization employ?


  6. Does your organization provide homeless services directly for clients?

    Behavioral Wellness, Public Health, and Social services

  7. Are you a direct recipient on your CoC's HUD application?
  8. Approximately what percentage of the funding your organization administers is from HUD for the CoC program?


  9. If not your organization, is there another organization in your CoC that administers the majority of homeless services funding?

  10. Does your CoC conduct an unsheltered Point-in-Time (PIT) count annually? (Including those years not required by HUD)
  11. In which year did your CoC begin conducting an annual unsheltered PIT count?

  12. Why did your CoC decide to conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count?

  13. What funding sources do you use to conduct the annual unsheltered PIT count? (Check all that apply.)

  14. How did your CoC facilitate the annual unsheltered PIT count?
    (For example, did you increase the number of volunteers, or find additional funding?)

  15. Did your organization have any challenges in implementing an annual unsheltered PIT count?

  16. How has conducting an annual unsheltered PIT count affected your CoC's operations and/or outcomes? If you have any data or analyses, please share specific metrics.

  17. Why does your CoC not conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count? (Check * all that apply)


  18. Please elaborate on the reasons why your CoC does not conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count.

    The cost of the PIT count has been provided through County general funds and in-kind donation, there is no clear source for annual funding.

  19. What would cause your CoC to conduct an unsheltered PIT count in the years not required by HUD?

    Our CoC would conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count if County or local elected officials desired it and funds were made available to conduct the count.

  20. What sources does your organization use to fund the HUD-required PIT count of unsheltered homeless? (Check all that apply)


    In kind donations by local homeless-serving agencies

  21. How much did your CoC's 2017 PIT count cost?

  22. How many people did your CoC require to conduct its 2017 PIT count? (Staff, volunteers, and others)


  23. How many of those identified in Question 22 were volunteers?

    Approximately 300

  24. Does your CoC recruit volunteers for its unsheltered PIT count from organizations outside the homeless services community?

    County and City staff, law enforcement, business community, faith communities, local residents and AmeriCorps.

  25. Please share your perspective on the reasons your CoC's unsheltered homeless population in 2017 did or did not change from that in its previous unsheltered PIT count.

    The 2017 unsheltered PIT count was much more successful than in previous years. Ongoing outreach in local communities created trust so more people were willing to be counted. We also provided temporary shelter for over 200 people who came in off the streets to be counted. Finally, law enforcement played a significant role in the count in Santa Maria, taking us to places that volunteers could not reach on their own that were known locations for homeless people to sleep.

  26. Has your CoC reallocated funding in the past?

    The CoC recently reallocated funding from a Supportive Services Only (SSO) project to a new Coordinated Entry System project. The decision by the CoC Board is consistent with HUD priorities for the use of CoC funds, which is to prioritize Permanent Supportive Housing, HMIS and Coordinated Entry.

  27. How often does your CoC reevaluate final priority rankings for the HUD CoC Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), based on HUD priorities?

  28. How often does your CoC perform the following gap analyses?

    Housing gap analysis—Conducted annually between 2011-2015 as part of HIC

    Funding gap analysis—NA

    Service gap analysis—Every ten years

    Other (please specify)—

  29. In what year did your CoC perform each of the following for the first time, or leave the row blank if it is not applicable.

    Housing gap analysis

    Funding gap analysis

    Service gap analysis

    Other (as you identified in question 27)

  30. Does your CoC employ specific strategies for identifying alternative funding for programs that are reallocated or do not receive HUD funding?

  31. Does your CoC have a strategic plan that integrates other publicly-funded programs that provide services, housing, and income supports to poor persons whether they are homeless or not (mainstream benefits and services)?

  32. Please provide a web address to your CoC's most recent strategic plan or email it as an attachment to

    Sent via e-mail

  33. When did your CoC complete its first strategic plan?


  34. How often does your CoC update its strategic plan?

    Every 10 years

  35. How has your strategic plan benefited your CoC?

    The Santa Barbara County-wide 10 Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness has been the blue print for collaborative planning for HUD CoC grants, the formation of the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness (C3H) and now the implementation of a County-wide Coordinated Entry System, open HMIS roll-out, and the United Way's Funders Collaborative and new initiative "Home for Good."

  36. Why has your CoC not developed a strategic plan?

  37. What grant-seeking or fundraising activities does your CoC engage in?

    The County is currently working on a foundation grant application on behalf of the CoC for the operation of a Coordinated Entry System. Our CoC has also selected the Untied Way of Northern Santa Barbara County which has established a Funders Collaborative to raise funds to address homelessness.

  38. Are there any strategies or unique actions your agency takes that have strengthened your CoC?

    Our agency has developed MOUs between the County of Santa Barbara and the CoC. We have also proposed a MOU with United Way.

  39. Please provide any information about these strategies or actions.
    Feel free to provide web addresses to any reports or email them as attachments to

    Sent via e-mail

  40. If you have any additional perspective or concerns, please provide this information in the space below.
    For example, if you would like to share additional information regarding homelessness, services, or funding.

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