Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) announced January 12 that the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County has received a $227,334 grant from the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help non-elderly Santa Barbara County residents with disabilities leave nursing homes and other residential facilities to live independently. The grant will fund 25 vouchers to provide recipients with both rental assistance and health care services.
“I am so pleased that the Santa Barbara County Housing Authority is one of only five counties in California to receive funding under this new, innovative federal grant program. These federal dollars will help provide the resources to ensure individuals with disabilities in our community can live more independent and fulfilling lives,” said Capps.
“Affordable housing is of great need and low supply for persons with developmental disabilities throughout Santa Barbara County. The HACSB, along with its partnering agency Tri-Counties Regional Center (TCRC), looks forward to the infusion of 25 additional housing choice vouchers specifically targeted to provide housing support for non-elderly persons with disabilities currently receiving long-term care in institutional settings. This interagency collaboration will allow qualified individuals to live productive independent lives in Santa Barbara County rather than in institutions,” said Fred Lamont, Director of the Housing Authority of the County Santa Barbara.
Nationally, the Departments of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development have awarded $40 million in grants to help over 5,000 persons living with disabilities to live independently in their communities. This unique collaboration between HHS and HUD will provide for a holistic approach to helping individuals with disabilities achieve self-sufficiency in the community.