The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many food and housing security for many. Several organizations are providing access to meals during the pandemic, and there are protections in place for renters and homeowners.



Carpinteria Emergency Food Distribution

This food distribution takes place every other Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Carpinteria Children’s Project, 5201 8th Street. The event is drive-through only.


Carpinteria Unified School District

Brown bag lunches are available Monday through Friday between noon and 1 p.m. for anyone under the age of 18 to pick up curbside at Aliso and Canalino schools and Monte Vista Park.


United Boys and Girls Club

The club offers free brown bag lunch for club members with pick up between 9 and 10 a.m. each day. Club members can also reserve weekend sack lunches and meals in a box. Reserve by calling (843) 684-1568 and leaving a voicemail with parent name, cell phone number, child’s membership number and how many sack lunches are needed for the weekend or if you would like to get on our list for a weekend meal in a box from the 93013 Fund. Reservation deadline is Thursday at noon. The club will do its best to accommodate requests.


Senior Home Food Delivery

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County offers home food delivery to seniors ages 60+ and disabled individuals ages 55+.
(800) 400-1572


Senior Lunch

Community Action Commission provides seniors with bag lunches Monday through Friday at the Veteran’s Hall, 941 Walnut Ave. Enrollment is required.

(805) 964-8857 x1140


Santa Barbara Foundation

Organizations in need of food or other supplies may submit a request that will be posted for potential donors to view and fulfill if possible.


Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020

Under this legislation, no tenant can be evicted before Feb. 1, 2021 as a result of rent owed due to a COVID-19 related hardship accrued between March 4 and Aug. 31, 2020, if the tenant provides a declaration of hardship according to the legislation’s timelines. For a COVID-19 related hardship that accrues between September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021, tenants must also pay at least 25 percent of the rent due to avoid eviction.

Find out more in the State’s FACT SHEET.


We are making every effort to keep this information current and accurate despite the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact us if you have information to add or corrections to the information provided. Email


Financial Support

The COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders have resulted in severe financial strain for many. Resources listed below provided opportunities for support.


Economic Recovery

Santa Barbara County Ready has launched an Economic Recovery site with resources for Businesses & Individuals.


Disability Pay for Sick or Quarantined

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance claim.


Paid Family Leave for Caregivers

If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave claim.


Unemployment for School Closures

If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely.


Unemployment for Reduced Work Hours

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.


Property Taxes

Santa Barbara County property taxes are due on April 10, but after that date the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office will consider written requests for penalty cancellations on a case-by-case basis. Property owners who can pay their property taxes by the April 10 deadline are encouraged to do so. The Cancellation of Penalty form will be available on the website after April 10.

(805) 568-2920


Financial Support for Individuals & Families

United Way of Santa Barbara County will be providing grants to individuals for those disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic.

English application:

Spanish application:


Disaster Relief for Immigrant Families


Tax Deadlines Extended

The deadline to file and pay Federal and State income taxes has been extended from April 15 to July 15 this year.

State tax information is available at

IRS information is available at


CARES Act Checks

The $2 trillion CARES Act includes check dispersal to all Americans. Most adults who have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less will receive the full amount of $1,200. For every qualifying child age 16 or under, the payment will be an additional $500.

The IRS launched a tool at that allows people who normally don’t file taxes to provide their bank account information to get their payment by direct deposit versus waiting for a mailed check.


We are making every effort to keep this information current and accurate despite the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact us if you have information to add or corrections to the information provided. Email