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County to transition out of Montecito Center for disaster-impacted residents by August 31

On Tuesday, the County of Santa Barbara announced that it will transition county services out of the Montecito Center by August 31, 2018.

Services, however, will continue “remotely” according to county officials. The county’s preparedness and recovery website,, maintains an inventory of key contacts and resources.

The center was opened in March as a central location to offer critical support and help for residents impacted by the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides.

The county had committed to keeping the center open for three to six months and August marks the sixth month. And while officials say the county’s role at the center will phase out by the end of August, other agencies are reportedly exploring the possibility of staying at the center longer. Organizations located physically at the center include:

California Hope 805 Crisis Counseling Program Habitat for Humanity Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade United Way of Santa Barbara County 805 Conservation County Supervisor Das Williams’ staff Women’s Economic Ventures Institute for Collective Trauma & Growth The American Institute of Architects of Santa Barbara.

Officials say the Santa Barbara County’s Planning and Development Department assigned impacted property owners with skilled case managers to be a single point of contact through the rebuilding process. To find their case manager, impacted residents should call 805-568-2090, send email to, or visit the Planning and Development Zoning Counter at 123 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara 93101.

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