Landlords and Lot Owners
Thank you for your interest in renting to a client of New Beginnings. Together, we can change lives, one person at a time.
To contact New Beginnings, please call (805) 963 -7777
To reach our Safe Parking program to provide either housing or parking spaces, please call (805) 845-8492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To reach our Supportive Services for Veteran Families Rental Program, please call (805) 963-7777 x115 or email email@example.com
To reach our Supportive Services program for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, please call (805) 897-1054
The Rental Process:
1> Landlord notifies New Beginnings when vacant unit is available.
2> Staff accompanies potential tenant for apartment showing and to complete the proper paper work.
3> Landlord asks staff members questions about the process and level of support.
4> Case Manager schedules inspection of vacant unit.
5> Staff coordinates lease signing, security deposit, rent payment, and move-in.
6> Tenant moves in and receives on-going staff support.
7> Landlord receives rent and helps to house an individual or family in need.
Read on to learn more about New Beginning’s specific housing assistance programs!
Supportive Services for Veterans and Their Families
New Beginnings Counseling Center’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program operates from a housing first model to help end veteran homelessness within Santa Barbara County. The program’s goal is to help veterans attain housing stability through short-term case management and financial assistance. We serve those in danger of losing their housing, and those who are homeless and need assistance in obtaining permanent, traditional housing. At the time of intake, each Veteran must prove Veteran status and have served at least one day of Active Duty in the military, naval, or air service, and was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.
At time of intake, each Veteran or Veteran family that participates in the SSVF Program at New Beginnings must have an income that does not exceed 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and must be a resident of Santa Barbara County.
We provide intensive case management services to each member of a Veteran’s household as we collaborate with them to achieve a life of self-sufficiency. Veterans often face a unique set of challenges when they return to civilian life after military service. They often struggle to find appropriate resources that will enable them to achieve stability in each aspect of their lives. Despite the challenges that they may face during their re-integration process to become a successful civilian, there are many benefits available to ex-service members that are not available to the general public. These include Education Benefits (i.e., the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill that provides paid tuition and a housing stipend), Service-Connection Compensation & Pension (for injuries and conditions associated with service), and a wide variety of other private and public benefits. Programs such as SSVF work to connect the Veteran and their family to this wide array of resources while supporting them in the process. SSVF also provides funding to pay for Security Deposit, monthly rent, and has the ability to purchase other items necessary to maintain stable housing such as beds and household goods on a case by case basis. SSVF also facilitates referrals to and works closely with the HUD-VASH Program that distributes Section 8 vouchers to eligible Veterans.
Throughout the duration of a Veteran’s participation in SSVF, their assigned Case Manager will provide consistent oversight to ensure that they are successful in achieving their goals of achieving stability whether those may be to return to school, obtain VA benefit compensation, or return to the work force. When a Veteran participant is placed in housing, a Case Manager will work closely with their landlord to ensure that the Veteran is a good fit for the unit. A Case Manager will also routinely visit the Veteran at their unit to ensure that they have all of the necessary support to maximize their success as a tenant.
Please help us to help our heroes that have sacrificed so much on behalf of our freedom.
RENT TO A VETERAN IN NEED OF HOUSING AND TOGETHER WE CAN END VETERAN HOMELESSNESS IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
THE PROBLEM: Santa Barbara County is home to several hundred homeless veterans. The good news is that there are now enough rental subsidies and supportive services to house all of Santa Barbara County’s homeless veterans. All that is missing are landlords willing to rent to them.
THE SOLUTION: “Homes for Heroes.” Landlords rent vacant units to a homeless veteran or veteran families and receive fair market rent and the benefits and support of a network of service providers.
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THIS EFFORT
GUARANTEED RENT: Short and long-term rental assistance available
paid directly to landlords.
CONTROL OF TENANT SELECTION: Landlords can screen and select
tenants to confirm compatibility.
SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT: A case manager will provide a timely
response to tenant and landlord concerns.
PARTNERSHIP: Program provides support to both landlord and tenants
to ensure a successful placement.
Call Emily Halpin at (805) 963-7777 x115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe Parking Program™
New Beginnings Counseling Center currently operates a program to provide safe overnight parking for qualifying individuals and families who are living in their vehicles. Program participants must be currently living in their vehicle and be a resident of Santa Barbara County. Additionally, participants must have current driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and registration. The program is a cooperative between New Beginnings, local law enforcement, faith-based organizations and merchants, non-profits, the Cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, and the County of Santa Barbara, where the participating institutions provide parking places for vehicle dwellers and/or collaborate with us in the successful implementation of the program.
The Safe Parking program currently offers 126 spaces at 22 dispersed locations in the greater Santa Barbara area. Each lot offers free nightly parking for one to 15 vehicles, depending on location. Each of these lots has entered in to a written agreement with New Beginnings who has indemnified them against any liability.The purpose of the program is to provide the level of stability needed for vehicle dwellers to effectively make positive changes in their lives and become re-employed and re-housed as quickly as possible. In addition to parking, New Beginnings offers social services and case management to help them achieve this end.
New Beginnings’ Safe Parking Program currently utilizes spots at night, typically from 7 pm to 7 am. Because of the city of Santa Barbara’s recently implemented Oversized Vehicle ban, the Safe Parking Program is looking for an additional 40 daytime spots for existing oversized vehicle clients. To date, the agency has secured 8 of the needed spots. Spaces will be needed from 7am until 7pm daily. Day time lot owners will receive the same liability benefits as night time lot owners currently receive.
Since the program’s inception in 2004, there have been no major incidents or damage to any of the participating lots. Staff works with program clients to transition them back into traditional and permanent housing.
Lot owners interested in providing spaces to the program, either during the day or at night, and property owners interested in renting to Safe Parking clients who are ready to move into housing, are asked to please contact New Beginnings’ Safe Parking Program.
Contact the Safe Parking Program at (805) 845 -8492 or email Cassie Roach, Safe Parking Case Manager and Program Coordinator, at email@example.com
Supportive Services for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara
What are the benefits to a participating landlord?
- Guaranteed prompt payment of the Housing Assistance portion of rent.
- The tenant pays a smaller portion of his/her income towards rent, thus the tenant is better able to pay rent on time.
- The owner maintains normal management rights and responsibilities.
- Owner may fill vacancies through referrals from New Beginnings.
- The Housing Authority inspects each unit and provides information on preventing damage.
- Available Section 8 Unit Damage Protection; reimbursement to the owner of up to $2000 for unpaid unit damages, rent, and related court costs.
- Special inspections—owner requested inspections possibly prompted by health & safety concerns.
- Dedicated case managers to answer questions.
How Do I List My Available Unit?
The current rental market has made it harder than ever for Santa Barbara’s service employees, seniors and disabled residents to find housing. Please list your units with New Beginnings—remember you still screen and select the tenant of your choice based on your screening criteria.
Call Lesley Wilson, Case Manager and Program Coordinator for New Beginning’s Supportive Services program for the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.