We Want to Hear From You:
There will be additional opportunities for input throughout 2020 as the City releases an outline and subsequent draft of the Homelessness Strategic Plan. If you have additional input to share, we want to hear from you and/or your organization. Please reach out to City staff directly. Contact information is below.
Previous Opportunities for Input:
- February 19, 2020: City of Goleta staff shared an update on Goleta's Homelessness Strategic Plan process, requested input on community priorities, and answered questions from community members. The presentation which was given at that meeting is available here.
- February 4, 2020: Members of the faith community provided essential feedback and insight regarding homelessness in Goleta, its impacts, and what is working in terms of addressing the needs of our houseless residents. Participants discussed ways in which the City and the faith community could work together to explore various opportunities.
- January 23, 2020: Local business owners and operators and those involved in the Goleta business community shared their input on the Homelessness Strategic Plan as it relates to their work. In addition, participants discussed opportunities for collaboration with the City of Goleta and service agencies to provide support to those experiencing homelessness.
- December 11, 2019: The City held a drop-in Community Open House on the Homelessness Strategic Plan at the Goleta Valley Community Center. The open house was an opportunity for community members to interact one-on-one with City staff and homelessness service providers, as well as shared ideas and input on homelessness in our community.
- November 2019 - January 2020: Community surveys in English and Spanish were available to community members and houseless residents interested in providing input on the Homelessness Strategic Plan. The data collected from the surveys will inform the final Strategic Plan.
- November 6, 2019: Local stakeholders met at Goleta Council Chambers to share input on the current state of homelessness in the region, service gaps, best practices, future goals and objectives, and service strategies.
- September 17, 2019: Staff presented City Council with an outline of the outreach taking place and the timeline for the Homelessness Strategic Plan. Input was received on additional outreach methods and Council shared their support of this important effort. View the staff report and presentation here.
The City of Goleta is preparing a Homelessness Strategic Plan to help guide and coordinate efforts to prevent and address homelessness within the City of Goleta. This Plan is one of many strategic efforts being undertaken by local cities and the County of Santa Barbara to support cooperative efforts to address the problem of homelessness on a regional basis.
For many years the City of Goleta has been funding organizations and regional efforts to prevent homelessness or assist those experiencing homelessness. This year alone, the City will devote more than $100,000 on specific efforts to address homelessness. Those efforts include funding and longstanding partnerships with: Freedom Warming Centers, Showers of Blessing, City of Santa Barbara Rental Housing Mediation Program, United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County, New Beginnings Counseling Center Safe Parking Program, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, and Transition House. In addition, the City devotes a portion of its annual Community Development Block Grant Funding (CDBG) towards homelessness services.
Mayor Paula Perotte said, “Addressing the issue of homelessness has been an important priority for the City for a long time. The Homelessness Strategic Plan is an opportunity to enhance and focus the work the City is already doing and will be used as a roadmap to help the Council prioritize and guide funding efforts in the area of homelessness.”
City Council and staff believe having a strategic plan will provide important direction and clarity around needs, service gaps, and priorities in order to make effective and strategic funding decisions that serve both the existing homeless population, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless.
The City of Goleta’s endeavor coincides with the County of Santa Barbara’s effort to formulate the second phase of its community plan to address homelessness on a regional basis.
City staff will present an initial outline of the Draft Homelessness Strategic Plan in winter of 2020, with a goal of completing the Draft Plan and presenting it to City Council for review and comment next spring. Staff plan to present a final Homelessness Strategic Plan by summer of next year. The City seeks the community’s input throughout the strategic planning process.
Dominique Samario, Management Analyst