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United Way of Santa Barbara County to distribute $2.6 million of CARES Act Funding to residents amid COVID-19

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United Way of Santa Barbara County

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The United Way of Santa Barbara has been awarded $2.6 million in rental assistance and other disaster response grants to distribute to eligible individuals and families.

“The pandemic has highlighted the precarious financial situation and extreme stress many County residents are experiencing,” said Steve Ortiz, President & CEO of United Way. “Every day we hear from local individuals who have lost work and cannot afford rent, food, medicines, or other necessary bills due to the current health crisis. Thanks to our partners, the County of Santa Barbara, the City of Santa Barbara, and the City of Goleta, many of these individuals can now meet these basic needs.” 

Applicants must meet the requirements to be eligible for the following grants:

The County of Santa Barbara Rental Assistance 
$2,000,000 will provide rental assistance for income-qualified individuals living in unincorporated parts of Santa Barbara County. To apply, click here.

County of Santa Barbara Disaster Assistance
$200,000 will provide grants to support the safe isolation of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 The Public Health Department will directly refer individuals who have tested positive to UWSBC. 

City of Santa Barbara Rental Assistance
$352,965 has been awarded to provide rental assistance for individuals living in City of Santa Barbara. Due to high demand, these funds have been fully allocated; however, City of Santa Barbara residents in need may be eligible for funding through the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort. To apply, click here

City of Goleta Emergency Grants
$42,676 will provide emergency financial assistance for income-qualified senior citizens living in City of Goleta. To apply, click here.

To learn more about United Way’s COVID-19 response activities, click here

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