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.

Rent & utility assistance available to SB County residents

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 included $25 billion in federal emergency rental assistance. From that, Santa Barbara County received an allocation of $13,373,876. On Feb. 9, the County Board of Supervisors voted to approve $13.3 million to provide direct assistance to renter households in the form of rent, rental arrears, utilities, and utility arrears to eligible residents countywide who have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and can demonstrate the need for rental support.

The program will provide a three-month rental subsidy up to $6,000 for qualifying households currently living in rental units that cannot pay rent because of a loss or reduction of income due to COVID-19. Qualifying households are eligible to thereafter re-apply for an additional three months of rent assistance up to a total of 15 months. For details on eligibility and to access an application, visit For additional help or questions, call (805) 965-8591 or email

New Federal funding to provide individual and family relief

On Dec. 20, 2020, the House and Senate passed The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), which the President signed into law on Dec. 27. The act includes significant funding for new and continued COVID-19 programs.

The act includes another round of Economic Impact Payment for individuals. The payments are expected to begin in late December and will be made by Jan. 15. Unlike the CARES Act, which provided a maximum payment of $1,200, this act provides up to $600 per individual before phasing out the amount. Direct payment checks will be provided to every adult and child earning up to $75,000. Individuals earning between $75,000 and $99,000 will get smaller checks, and individuals earning over $99,000 will not receive a payment.

The act also includes other relief for families, such as allowing families who experience income loss to use 2019 income to determine eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. It also provides greater flexibility for families with Flexible Spending Accounts, since many experienced changes in child care expenses. Finally, the bill prioritizes educational assistance for individuals—provisions include allowing up to $5,250 of employer-provided student debt payments to be excluded from gross income.

New relief act extends eviction moratorium

On Jan. 29, Governor Newsome signed legislation to extend the state’s residential eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021. Senate Bill 91 extended the eviction moratorium that was set to expire on Jan. 31, 2021. SB 91 pauses evictions for residential tenants who declare, under the penalty of perjury, an inability to pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19 related reasons. Although tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to property owners, those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for eviction, even after the moratorium ends.

SB 91 also establishes the State Rental Assistance Program (Program) to allocate the $2.6 billion in federal rental assistance that California will receive from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The state also allocated additional state funding to the Program through SB 89. The Program will target aid to income-qualified tenants with unpaid back rent that are most at-risk. Financial assistance also will be extended to property owners that agree to waive 20 percent of unpaid rent. The program will begin accepting applications from tenants and property owners in March, and local agencies, like Santa Barbara County, can choose to administer their own programs. Details are available HERE.

Carpinteria Emergency Food Distribution

Food distributions are held every third Wednesday, 4-5:00 pm, at the Carpinteria Children’s Project, drive-through only – no walk-ins allowed.  The car line begins at the intersection of Walnut Ave. and 8th Street.



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.


City moratorium on commercial evictions

The Carpinteria City Council approved a temporary moratorium on commercial evictions for tenants who fail to pay rent due to income loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium will remain in place through the end of the State of Emergency.

The moratorium does not relieve tenants of their obligation to fully compensate their landlord for the unpaid period. The ordinance requires tenants to pay in full within 180 days after the local emergency expires. Landlords cannot charge late fees or interest during the 180 days following the emergency period. 

Commercial tenants and their landlords may still negotiate alternative payment arrangements that are agreeable to both. 

Details are available in the staff report HERE


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