Homelessness Outreach & Case-management
Since 2019, the City has contracted with City Net to provide street outreach and case-management services to persons experiencing homelessness in Santa Barbara. Prior to establishing a partnership with City Net, street outreach was sporadic and done by volunteers. Having dedicated outreach workers operating on a citywide basis in collaboration with the City’s network of service providers has been instrumental in increasing the number of street exits. City Net works closely with Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara Police Department, SB ACT, and various service providers to coordinate outreach services, and is often the first line of response to our unhoused population. City Net’s work is funded by money from the State of California’s Permanent Local Housing Allocation Program, which the City receives annually.
City Net staff comprises of four outreach workers that operate citywide, with special outreach around State Street, the Waterfront, and the Eastside on certain days of the week.
Since 2019 City Net has provided:
- 524 Enrollments in Case Management services
- 238 Exits to local shelters
- 144 Permanent housing solutions