WEATHER »

Three Agencies and Footwork Yielded Faulkner’s Housing

Apartment Came Via Intricate Collaboration and Advocacy


While the two-bedroom apartment that materialized for Delbert Faulkner and Larry Olsen last week seemed like angels’ handiwork, it came about through very worldly channels–a collaboration between three agencies and a half-dozen individuals determined to get people on the Vulnerability Index (V.I.) housed.

Faulkner, who placed in the top 100 of the V.I., was on the waiting list for a Section 8 Housing voucher and had been for some time. But that list is notoriously long; the wait, even for veterans, can take years. Fortunately for him, last summer, the City of Santa Barbara designated $200,000 in Federal HOME Grant money for a Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program for chronically homeless persons. This TBRA money went to the City’s Housing Authority to be doled out in vouchers, very much the way Section 8 Vouchers are doled out, except targeted to the chronically homeless. To read more, see homelessinsb.org.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

News Commentary: Death Penalty Shouts and Whispers

Governor's reprieve has little effect in Santa Barbara, except in the Han case.

Goleta Planning Commissioners Just Say ‘No’

Vociferous comments from Old Town residents help tip the balance for oversight on cannabis storefront applications.

Bullet Holes Found in Goleta Barbershop Window

Public's help requested in shooting investigation.

Free Emergency Response Training

The Independent is hosting a CERT class with County Fire's Mike Eliason.

Investigators Say Edison Power Lines Sparked Thomas Fire

The utility is pushing back, claiming officials mishandled and ignored evidence.