Goleta community members are invited to attend an open house from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue) to discuss the city’s first strategic plan on homelessness.

The city has released a survey and is hoping to hear from residents, businesses, service providers, and those who are or who have experienced homelessness. 

Please share the survey with your neighbors, colleagues, and anyone else who may be interested in providing feedback. The survey can be found online in both English and Spanish at the following links:

English Community Survey on Homelessness: https://tinyurl.com/goletahomelessness

Spanish Community Survey on Homelessness: https://tinyurl.com/lafaltadeviviendaengoleta

The open house is an opportunity for the community to interact with city staff and homelessness service providers, as well as provide ideas and input on homelessness in our community.

A kids’ station will be available for those bringing children.

Organizations participating include the county of Santa Barbara, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, Isla Vista Youth Projects, New Beginning’s Safe Parking Program, Freedom Warming Center, Showers of Blessing, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness, and others. 

Attendees will also have an opportunity to complete the survey while at the open house.

The open house and survey are part of a larger homelessness strategic planning effort, which has included stakeholder meetings, best practice discussions with communities nationwide, and years of partnership supporting regional homelessness efforts. 

While Goleta has a history of supporting organizations and regional efforts serving those at risk of homelessness and those experiencing homelessness, the city does not have a comprehensive plan analyzing the state of homelessness in our area and the most effective steps forward. 

City Council and staff believe having a strategic plan will provide important direction and clarity around needs, service gaps, and priorities in order to make effective and strategic funding decisions that serve both the existing homeless population, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless. 

Once adopted, the Homelessness Strategic Plan will help guide and coordinate efforts to prevent and address homelessness within the city of Goleta. This plan is one of many strategic efforts being undertaken by local cities and the county to support cooperative homelessness efforts on a regional basis.

We appreciate the community’s involvement in this process thus far and look forward to continued engagement during this important effort. 

For more information, contact Dominique Samario, management analyst, at dsamario@cityofgoleta.org or 805.690.5126. Learn more about the city’s Homelessness Strategic Plan at https://tinyurl.com/GoletaHomelessnessPlan.