Upcoming Public Meeting:
The City is holding a drop-in Community Open House on the Homelessness Strategic Plan on Wednesday, December 11 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue). The open house is an opportunity for community members to interact one-on-one with City staff and homelessness service providers, as well as share ideas and input on homelessness in our community. Spanish translation will be available. View the flyer here. Vea el póster en español aquí.
- 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