United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.
This Housing First initiative provides a rental subsidy paired with support services for Santa Barbara County’s most vulnerable homeless populations.
For many nights this veteran slept on the dirt in the park, hoping for his own place. I approached as he slept, calling his name on Christmas eve 2018, he jumped up with a smile as I explained to him that we were going to pick up the keys to his own apartment. He began 2019 in his own home. He continues to enjoy life and thrive in his own apartment!
- Debra Hamrick