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New Beginnings in the News

New Beginnings and its programs have been featured locally and regionally in print, online, and broadcast media and nationally on NBC Nightly News, NPR, PBS, CNN and even the Larry King Show, among others. This page serves as an archive to all of our press articles.

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Santa Barbara Independent – New Beginnings Hires Shana Burns, MFT as Clinical Director

KEYT – Hollywood Star Power Helps Raise Awareness and Open Doors for New Beginnings

KEYT – New Beginnings Puts the Spotlight on Rapid Rehousing Program

Santa Barbara Independent – Transforming the Lives of Women and their Infants 

KSBY – Santa Maria Navy Veteran Gets Second Chance Thanks to Local Organization

Noozhawk – Sara Grasso to Direct Homeless Services at New Beginnings

Noozhawk – Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara Help New Beginnings Expand Safe Parking Program

KCRW – Safe Parking for Santa Barbara’s Homeless Could Become National Model, Inspire Federal Funding

Santa Barbara Independent – Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara Awards $750,000 to 10 Nonprofits

Santa Barbara Independent – From Four Wheels to Four Walls: Safe Parking Goes National

Santa Barbara News-Press – Rep. Carbajal Introduces Safe Parking Program Bill

KEYT – Rep. Carbajal Announces Naomi Schwartz Safe Parking Program Act

New York Times – I Lived in a Van to Write the Book Behind ‘Nomadland.’ The Fear is Real

Noozhawk – Carpinteria Exploring Potential Locations for Safe Parking Program

KEYT – Safe Parking Program Could be Coming to Carpinteria

Coastal View – Council Explores Safe Parking in Carpinteria

Santa Barbara News-Press – Carpinteria City Council to Consider Safe Parking

Santa Barbara Independent – Santa Barbara’s Safe Parking Program to Expand as More Lose Housing amid Pandemic (March)

Noozhawk – New Beginnings Counseling Center Provides Vicarious Trauma Training for Frontline Workers (February)

Santa Barbara News-Press – Lompoc City Council Approves Safe Parking Program (February)

Noozhawk – Safe Parking Program to Expand with New Home at City-Owned Site in Lompoc (February)

KEYT – Lompoc to Start Safe Parking Program (February)

USA Today – COVID Crisis: After Losing Jobs and Homes, More People Are Living in Cars and RVS and It’s Getting Worse (February)

Noozhawk – Safe Parking Program Could Expand to Lompoc (January)

Montecito Journal – New Beginnings Counseling Center (January)

Santa Barbara News-Press – New Beginnings Offers Clinical Training (January)

Santa Barbara News-Press – New Beginnings Partners with Banana Republic and Gap to Provide Holiday Gifts to Families and Veterans (January)


Montecito Journal – The Giving List (December)

Noozhawk – New Beginnings Drives Effort to Provide Vehicular Homeless a Safe Place to Park (December)

Noozhawk – Veterans and Their Families Find Support They Need for New Beginnings (November)

Santa Maria Sun – Forge Your Path to New Beginnings (November)

Noozhawk – From Its Start, New Beginnings Counseling Center Has Adapted to Community Needs (November)

Santa Barbara News-Press: New Beginnings Receives a Grant of $16,000 from DVNF (November)

Noozhawk: New Beginnings Counseling Center Showcases Its Featured Fundraiser at the Drive-In (October)

Noozhawk – Local Mental Health Nonprofits Stepping Up to Help with COVID-19-Related Stress (May)

The Independent – Multiagency Pandemic Response Feeds Vulnerable, Saves Chefs, and Protects Food Chain (May)

KEYT – New Beginnings See Spike in Food Needs Among Homeless Veterans, People Living in Cars (April)

Noozhawk – Nightly Safe Parking Program Expanding to North County for ‘Vehicular’ Homeless (March)

Edhat – Community Helps Decorate New Veteran Housing (Johnson Court) (February)


Arnold Ventures – Affordable as the Defining Challenge (Research Article)

CNN – Living in her car, she was afraid and harassed. Then she found an unexpected refuge (December)

Montecito Journal – Coverage of Annual Fundraiser and Agency (November)

Santa Barbara Independent – Food and Shelter Play Reveals the Heartbreak of Family Homelessness (October)

Vox – Affordable Housing is Disappearing. So Cities are Designating Parking Lots to Sleep In (October)

Department of Veterans Affairs – VA Homeless Veterans Outreach Article Featuring SSVF (May)

Santa Barbara News-Press – Veteran Who Helps Others Who Served Earns Major Honor (May)

Channel News Asia – More Homeless Americans Living in Cars (April)

Santa Barbara Independent – Short-Changing Homeless Programs Spells Doom (January)


Montecito Journal – Ford Tough: Center Celebrates 50th (October)

CARF International – Program repurposes empty parking lots to serve homeless population (April) 

Le Monde – Fr- Aux Etats-Unis, des parkings pour Les victimes de la crises du Logement (March)

CNN- Helping America’s mobile homeless (March)

Mountain View Voice- Safe parking: City looks to Santa Barbara (March)

Mountain View Voice- Churches to offer safe parking for RV dwellers (March)

Curbed- High Housing Costs and Long Commutes Drive More Workers to Sleep in Cars (March)

Noozhawk- Care Bags Donated to Help Homeless Seniors (March)

89.33 KPCC- LA church greenlights overnight parking for some homeless (March)

 KCLU- How To Cope With Impacts Of Flooding And Fire That Are Hitting South Coast (January)

Financial Buzz- Residents Live in Cars Due to Housing Crisis in California (January)

Surviving Sacramento- Bay Area Cities are Looking for a Solution for their Increased RV Issue (January)

The Western Journal- Amazing Dashcam Video Reveals True Reality of Homelessness in California’s Largest City (January)

CNBC- As California’s housing crisis worsens, more residents are forced to sleep in their cars (January)

Yahoo! Finance- As California’s housing crisis worsens, more residents forced to sleep in cars (January)

The Western Journal- Amazing Dashcam Video Reveals True Reality of  Homelessness in California’s Largest City (January)


American Thinker- How the homeless in Los Angeles spent Christmas (December)

Marianas Variety- FEATURE: Living in a parking lot amid Santa Barbara’s wealth is a kind of middle-class homelessness (December)

UK Daily Mail- Welcome to Skid Row 2017: Shocking scale of homelessness in downtown LA is exposed in footage showing sidewalks lined with dozens of tents in deprived area where 20,000 people live on the streets (December)

UK Daily Mail- California’s hidden homeless: Teachers, chefs, nurses and other middle class workers living in cars in parking lots because of the state’s crazy property prices (December)

 Los Angeles Times-  Living in a parking lot amid Santa Barbara’s wealth is a kind of middle-class homelessness (December)

Mercury News- Bay Area cities face growing crisis as RVs become homes of last resort (December)

Daily Democrat- California housing crises drives people to live in their RVs (December)

KEYT- Veterans recommended for jobs by retired Army Colonel in Santa Barbara (November)

Noozhawk – Self-sufficiency Program Grads Celebrate with Community Partners (November)

Noozhawk – Carbajal Bill Seeks to Clear Housing Obstacle for Disabled Vets (November)

Noozhawk – New Beginnings Honors Glenn and Amy Bacheller as 2017 ‘Community Champions’ (October)

Edhat Santa Barbara- New Beginnings Counseling Center Will Honor 2017 Community Champions At Changing Lives Gala (September)

Santa Barbara Independent – City Ordinance Against Oversized Vehicles Takes Effect (September)

AARP – Where We Live, Help When a Car is Also a Home (August)

Santa Ynez Valley News – County Probation Department receives $975K grant to assist veterans (July)

KEYT – Non-Profit Seeks Daytime Parking Spaces for People Living in Oversized Vehicles (March)

Noozhawk – Why Basic Items Are Needed Items, Even in Santa Barbara County (March)

Santa Barbara Independent –  Daytime Parking Sought by Shelter Program (March)

Noozhawk – Healthy Turnout at Franklin Center Fitness Fair (March)

KEYT – Non-profit seeks daytime parking spaces for people living in oversized vehicles (March)

Moyers & Company – Homeless in the Shadows of Santa Barbara’s Mansions (February)

Santa Barbara Independent – Nonprofit Seeks Property Owners to Share Daytime Parking Lots for Displaced RVs (February)

Noozhawk – Project Seeks Better Access to Health Care for MediCal Recipients (January)

Noozhawk – Santa Barbara’s New Oversized Vehicle Committee Discusses Enforcement, Daytime RV Parking Options (January)


Capital & Main – Safe Parking for Santa Barbara’s Homeless (December)

The Nation – Homeless in the Shadow of Santa Barbara’s Mansions (December)

KEYT – Safe Program Extends Helping Hand to Seniors Living in their Cars (November)

Noozhawk – New Beginnings Counseling Center Honors ‘Community Champions” Gary and Mary Becker (October)

 Noozhawk – New Beginnings Counseling Center Celebrates Mission of Changing Lives at Annual Gala (October)

Santa Barbara News-Press – Homeless Veteran Out of Luck Even Before RV Ban Corrected (October)

Santa Barbara Independent – Santa Barbara Bans RV Parking: Council Adopts Citywide Ban on RV Parking (October)

Noozhawk – Santa Barbara Votes to Ban On-Street Parking for Oversized Vehicles Including RVs (October)

Montecito Journal – Seen Around Town: New Beginnings Changing Lives Gala (October)

 Long Beach Post – “Safe Parking” Study Aimed at Vehicle-Dwelling Residents Approved by Long Beach City Council (October) 

Santa Barbara Independent – Nothing EZ About Living In an RV (September)

NPR – For Some Seniors Without Housing, A Parking Lot Is Home (September)

Noozhawk – VetNet Collaboration Helps Local Veterans Access Crucial Resources (September) 

California Health Report- Safe Parking Programs Offer a Respite for the Homeless (August)

Montecito Journal, – Seen Around Town: New Beginnings Salute to Lois Capps (August)

Noozhawk – St. Francis Foundation Awards $940,000 in Grants for Community Health to 18 South Coast Nonprofits (August)

Noozhawk – New Beginnings Counseling Center Pays Tribute to Rep. Capps, Photos From the Event (July)

Noozhawk – New Beginnings Counseling Center Salutes Congresswoman Lois Capps (July)

Santa Barbara Independent – New Beginnings Counseling Center and Lois Capps Salute Each Other (July)

Los Angeles Times – A Santa Barbara ‘safe parking’ program for homeless people may be coming to L.A (May)

Mountain View Voice – Car-dwelling homeless inspire church copycats (March)


Santa Maria Sun – A Home for the Holidays: Santa Barbara County non-profits strive to house homeless veterans (December)

Noozhawk – New Beginnings Counseling Center Receives Outstanding Community Partner Award

Montecito Journal – Seen Around Town: New Beginnings Changing Lives Gala (November)


 Al Jazeera America – Mobile homes: Many ‘hidden homeless’ Americans living in vehicles (October)

National Veterans Foundation – Program Provides Assistance to Veteran Families in Danger of Losing Housing (April)


KEYT – New Beginnings Safe Parking Program Helps Those Living in Vehicles (November)


Noozhawk – Housing Authority Program Helps Local Families Achieve ‘Self-Sufficiency’ (November)

ABC –  Expensive Cities Allowing People to Sleep in their Cars (September)

Santa Barbara Independent – Evicted Low Income Tenants Look for New Homes (May)

Goleta Likely to Allow RV Camping (April)


AARP Bulletin-Why Are More Older Americans Sleeping in Their Cars (October)

The Guardian – Sleeping Rough in Santa Barbara (June)