Searching for Rooms

Moving to a new location can be a difficult task, especially if you don't know who you will be living with. Good news: it isn't as scary as it seems, and the likelihood that you'll end up rooming with someone that isn't livable with is slim. Chances are, your potential roommates are just as terrified as you are.

Things you should consider when searching for a new place:

  • ​People post listings every day, so you definitely have to weed out the ones that might not work out for you. Think about the details when you're searching for a place, such as laundry on-site or how recently the apartment was renovated.
    • Chances are, if the poster is thorough in their description, they will be an equally respectful and organized roommate. 
  • Is the grammar messy or are there a lot of all-caps phrases? Onto the next one. The more it feels like a scam, the more likely it actually will be.
  • Be specific about what you're looking for (do you want your own room, overnight guests, etc?)
  • Look up the area of a potential house if you're not familiar with the neighborhood!
  • Be sure to find a connection with your future housemates. Regardless of how amazing the place sounds or looks, none of that matters if you can't get along with your roommate; you must be on the same page, even if you aren't best friends.
    • ​The easist way to find someone you'll get along with is by identifying shared interests.

Luckily, there are plenty of websites dedicated on finding rooms and/or housemates. Below, we'll include websites that can help you find housing:

  1. Craigslist

  2. Kangaroom

  3. Facebook Groups (search 'Santa Barbara Housing for Rent!' for Santa Barbara housing)


Looking for temporary housing in Santa Barbara or Santa Maria? Check out Craigslist ad's!

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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