Caring for Community:
Providing Affordable Housing for Santa Barbara, CA
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara (HASBARCO) functions primarily to build, acquire, own, manage and maintain residential rental units for persons of very low and low income and to obtain rent payment assistance for similar households renting in the private market. Operating through a central Administrative Office in Lompoc and Housing Management and Maintenance Offices in Goleta, Lompoc and Santa Maria, HASBARCO provides direct services to applicants, tenants and private property owners. In 2020, the Executive Director and staff will implement a combined agency-wide budget of approximately $70 million while serving 5,466 extremely low, very low and low-income households in private market and Authority-owned and/or managed rentals. Of the 5,466 households served, 4,057 are assisted in privately owned rentals through the Federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, operated locally since 1975. HASBARCO owns, manages and maintains 1,409 residential rental units through state and federally funded programs. HASBARCO, since its creation in 1941, has undertaken new construction and acquisition development activities in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county, and has contracted with various cities and the county to perform a variety of housing-related services in support of their local plans. The cities include Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Maria, Solvang and the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County.
The Board of Commissioners is comprised of seven persons who are local business and community leaders who represent the interests of each community throughout the County. To ensure adequate representation, each County Supervisor appoints a member from his/her district (a total of five), and the entire Board of Supervisors appoints two other commissioners who must be tenants in housing units owned by the Housing Authority, as required by state law. One of the tenant commissioners must be a person at least 62 years of age. Functioning much like a Board of Directors in other corporations, the Authority's Board of Commissioners is responsible for setting agency policy.
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara is founded on the belief that decent, safe and sanitary housing is central to the physical and emotional health, the productivity, and the self-esteem of the people it serves.
Our mission is to provide affordable housing opportunities for low income households in the County of Santa Barbara in an environment which preserves personal dignity, and in a manner which maintains the public trust.
In carrying out our mission, we are committed to:
- Increasing housing choices
- Respect for HASBARCO clients and employees
- Excellence in management and operations
- Dispersal of assisted housing throughout Santa Barbara County
- Cooperative and respectful working relationships with the public, neighborhood and community organizations, and other units of government.