Homeless Agency Merger

Nick St.Oegger

Homeless Agency Merger

New Homeless Organization Nearly Formed

Structure of a Merged BOCH, SCHAC and Common Ground Nearly Set

Some of Santa Barbara’s most important homeless outreach organizations could soon be coming together under one banner. Plans to unite Bringing our Community Home (BOCH), Common Ground Santa Barbara, and the South Coast Homeless Advisory Committee (SCHAC) are well under way after a brainstorming summit last November. Since November, a subcommittee made up of Common Ground SB members and BOCH members has been meeting to hash out details of the organization’s structure. Along the way, they have been sharing information and receiving feedback from smaller homeless outreach groups as well as the faith community.

The structure for the new organization will consist of a Leadership Council comprised of elected officials, and smaller committees focused on coordination, community action, and other specifics. One person will serve as a coordinator, making sure all parts of the larger organization are on the same page. To read more, go to To read more, see

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