Point In Time Count 2019


Northern Santa Barbara County United Way is happy to announce that our program, Home for Good Santa Barbara County, has been connecting individuals and families experiencing homelessness with resources, services, and homes for one year. We set a few goals at the beginning of this journey.  As Eddie Taylor, CEO of Northern Santa Barbara County United Way, stated, "The primary reason for creating Home for Good Santa Barbara County was to invest in solutions that benefit all of us."

"All of us."

We are a community. We are business owners, government representatives, individuals experiencing homelessness, elected officials, service providers, teachers, non-profit managers, children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends. We are Santa Barbara County. 

The Point in Time Count is a bi-annual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on a single night. Home for Good and Applied Survey Research assisted the County in administering this year's Point in Time Count. 

The preliminary Point in Time Count results show that we counted 1,803 individuals experiencing homelessness, sheltered and unsheltered, in Santa Barbara County on January 23rd and 24th, 2019. 

76% of those counted first became homeless in Santa Barbara County, and 77% reported that their most recent permanent address was in Santa Barbara County. 60% had been living in the county for 11 or more years.

People experiencing unsheltered homelessness increased by 27%. This may be due to a few factors. PATH did not have winter shelter beds open on the night of this year's count. In 2017, PATH had 70+ more people in the shelter than in 2019. Additionally, the Rescue Mission had 40 fewer beds in 2019 than in 2017. Lastly, the Warming Shelters were not activated on the night of the count, so the 207 beds that were in use in 2017 during the Point in Time Count were not available in 2019.


Community & Agency Volunteers


Homeless Guides


Volunteer / Guide Trainings Countywide


Census Tract Map Routes


Logistics Centers


Rating on a 5.0 scale (rated by participants)

2019 saw a 10% decrease in individuals counted in Santa Barbara, a 9% decrease in Lompoc, and a 10% increase in Santa Maria. 60% of the homeless population was counted in South County, and 40% was counted in North and Mid County.

There was an 87% increase in chronic homelessness (per HUD's definition of chronic homelessness), with 423 people experiencing chronic homelessness.

93 unaccompanied youth and young adults were counted.

118 veterans were counted.

115 families were counted, and families accounted for 368 individuals.

Approximately 50% of unsheltered individuals and families counted in 2019 were in the HMIS system in Santa Barbara County. 


Thank you to everyone who volunteered. At the Funders Collaborative meeting on March 20th, a majority of people in the room reported that they had volunteered for the Point in Time Count. Together, we can create change. This is a great example of that.

Behavioral Wellness
Towbes Group
Department of Public Health
Sanctuary Centers
The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara
Dignity Health
Crestwood Church
Catholic Charities
Lompoc Valley Medical Center
Lompoc PD
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
Coast Valley Treatment
Mission Hotel
Veteran's Service Office
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Prepare to Care
Santa Barbara County Housing and Community Development
Micah Mission
People Helping People
Public Defender's Office
Social Services
Animal Control
Family Services Agency
Santa Maria Police Department
Santa Maria City Rangers
Adult Protective Services
Independent Resource Living Center

New Beginnings
Community Health Centers
McDonald's / Pickle and Peanut Restaurants
Rape Crisis Center
Doctors Without Walls
Rescue Mission
Frank Thompson Housing Consultants
Showers of Blessings
Halsell Builders
Planting a Seed
Transitions Mental Health
Social Venture Partners
The Downtown Org
Cottage Health
The District Attorney's Office
Freedom Warming Centers
Transition House
Fund for Santa Barbara
People's Self Help Housing
Salvation Army
Santa Barbara Street Medicine
Domestic Violence Solutions
Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley
Community Action Commission
City and County Elected Officials
& More.