Santa Barbara County’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF) received a below-market rate investment loan of $250,000 from Northern Trust to go toward its workforce housing program. The revolving loan fund of HTF, which has helped support the El Carrillo housing project as well as Habitat for Humanity projects, now sits at $2.95 million.

Led by former county supervisor Naomi Schwartz, the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation is pushing to restore the “Spirit of the Ocean” fountain on the Anacapa Street side of the courthouse. So far, $125,000 of the estimated $410,000 needed to restore the fountain has been raised. Many more courthouse repairs, including extensive sandstone and cast stone repairs, will cost up to $40 million.


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