Department of Social Services (Santa Barbara County)

Department of Social Services Website

Santa Barbara
234 Camino Del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: (805) 681-4401
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-4pm 

Lompoc
1100 W. Laurel Ave
Lompoc, CA 93436
Phone: (805) 737-7080
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-4pm

Santa Maria
2125 S. Centerpointe Pkwy
Santa Maria, CA 93455
​Phone: (805) 346-7135
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-4pm

Santa Maria
1444 S. Broadway
Santa Maria, CA 93454
​Phone: (805) 614-1300
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-4pm 

 

Food Assistance: CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps)

CalFresh is a supplemental program that helps low-income people buy the food they need in order to maintain adequate nutritional levels. The CalFresh program is funded by the Department of Agriculture and is administered by our department. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like a bank debit card and accepted at many markets and food stores, as well as some Farmer's Markets.

Through nutrition education partners, the CalFresh program helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices. Key partners are Women, Infant & Children (WIC) a nutrition program administered by the Public Health Department which helps many new mothers; the Meals on Wheels program administered by the Community Action Commission which helps many seniors; and the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County which provides nutritional classes, food assistance, and CalFresh outreach.

Applicants can drop in to one of our three locations in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, or Santa Maria (see below); call any of our offices or our toll-free automated phone number (1-866-404-4007); mail in an application; or submit an application online from any computer with Internet access.

 

Medi-Cal/Health Coverage

Medi-Cal is California’s version of the federal Medicaid program.  This publicly funded health insurance program plays an essential role in California’s health care system by providing health care services for children and adults with limited income and resources.
 
Medi-Cal helps the uninsured in our community receive the medical services they need.  Special programs are available to help pregnant women, the terminally ill, those needing long-term care, and the aged, blind, and disabled.
 
Applicants can drop in or call any of our offices or our toll-free automated phone number (1-866-404-4007). As a foster youth/former foster youth, all you need to submit to begin your Medi-Cal services is the Form 250A. Click here for a copy of the form. If you have any trouble getting your services started, contact your case manager for support. 
 

CalFresh/Medi-Cal Office Locations

Santa Barbara
234 Camino Del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: (805) 681-4401
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-4pm 

Lompoc
1100 W. Laurel Ave
Lompoc, CA 93436
​Phone: (805) 737-7080
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-4pm

Santa Maria
2125 S. Centerpointe Pkwy
Santa Maria, CA 93455
​Phone: (805) 346-7135
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-4pm

The One-Stop Workforce Resource Center (WRC), with convenient locations in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, is a partnership of public, non-profit and community-based organizations.  Our mission is to provide training, education and employment services for job seekers and employers in a single, customer-friendly system.  The WRC system is open to any member of the public.
 
Additionally, Santa Barbara County receives funding from the State and Federal Governments to provide services per the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  WIA aims to increase the employment, job retention, earnings and occupational skills of the workforce, including adults, youth, and dislocated workers. Job-seekers must make a serious commitment to this non-entitlement program, in exchange for which they may qualify for comprehensive assessments; career counseling; and referrals or funding for occupational training, on-the-job training, and skill upgrades or retraining. 
 
You may also visit us at www.workforceresource.com to access our new INTER-LINK website where you will find useful information and tools for both job seekers and employers such as Labor Market Information, Career Exploration Information, Resume Writing Assistance, Job Posting and Recruitment Services; and many other enhanced internet-based resources.
 
A 29-member Workforce Investment Board, consisting of executives from local business organizations as well as public and private sector community leaders, oversees strategic initiatives, policies and performance outcomes.  Programs and services are carried out by the WRC system.
 

Workforce Resource Center Office Locations

Santa Barbara

130 E. Ortega Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
​Phone:(805) 568-1296
Hours: Monday - Friday:  8am-5pm
 

Santa Maria

1410 S. Broadway
Santa Maria, CA 93454
​Phone: (805) 614-1550
Hours: Monday - Friday:  8am-5pm
 

Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


 

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