Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) / HOME Program

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The HOME Investment Partnerships Program is a flexible grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which awards monies for a variety of activities such as acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, tenant-based assistance, homebuyer assistance, planning and support services aimed at developing and providing affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households. Eligible applicants include states, cities, urban counties, and consortia. The City of Santa Maria, as part of a consortium with the County is eligible for funding under the HOME Program. Funds from the County of Santa Barbara In-Lieu Mitigation Fund are used to satisfy the matching fund obligations.

The activities proposed to be undertaken and funded with HOME monies are listed below.


The Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program provides security deposit assistance through a Qualified Referring Agency (QRA) to qualified low-income households that provides grants for up to 100 percent of the required security deposit ($2,500 maximum assistance) to low-income families to assist with overcoming obstacles to obtaining housing. In order to access the program, participants must apply for assistance through a Qualified Referring Agency (QRA). If you are interested in the program, please see the eligible participant description below and contact one of the QRA's listed below. PLEASE NOTE: INTERESTED PARTIES MUST BE REFERRED BY A QRA AND ARE NOT RECOMMENDED TO CONTACT CITY STAFF DIRECTLY.


Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara
Silvia Villanueva - Assistant Manager HCV/TBRA extension 4016
Salina Bolden - Housing Manager HCV extension 3305
(805) 735-8351

People's Self-Help Housing Corporation
Aracely Barajas, Bilingual Social Worker
(805) 215-6709

Good Samaritan Shelter
Kirsten Cahoon, Emergency Shelter Program Manager
(805) 347-3338 extension 101
(805) 354-9307 (cell)

NSBC United Way - Home For Good
Monica Galaviz-Rivas, VITA Associate
(805) 922-0329 extension 4

Lags Recovery Centers, Inc.
Carmen Sampson, Homeless Services Manager
(805) 332-4568 extension 115

If you are interested in becoming a Qualified Referring Agency (QRA) please contact the Special Projects Division at (805) 925-0951 extension 2118. You can also email:

Rosie Rojo
Community Programs Manager
  Alicia Vela
Grants Specialist II



Eligible Participants are individuals whose income is at 60 percent or less of area median income by household size as determined by HUD below:

Household Size 1 Per 2 Per 3 Per 4 Per 5 Per 6 Per 7 Per 8 Per
Extremely Low Income (30%) $29,350 $33,550 $37,750 $41,900 $45,300 $48,650 $52,000 $55,350
Very Low Income (50%) $48,900 $55,900 $62,900 $69,850 $75,450 $81,050 $86,650 $92,250
60% Income $58,680 $67,080 $75,480 $83,820 $90,540 $97,260 $103,980 $110,700



The City of Santa Maria is committed to providing equal housing opportunity for all people regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, familial status or disability.

If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination, contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Fair Housing Hotline at: (800) 669-9777.

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