Resources *COVID-19

This information is intended for general information only and is not considered legal advice. If you are seeking legal assistance regarding your specific circumstances, please contact Legal Aid for information or assistance. 

COVID-19 and Evictions

Any tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to seek legal assistance. 

What is the status of eviction cases in California? 
California Courts have temporarily suspended most eviction cases, except for evictions that are necessary for health and safety. A residential landlord cannot legally evict a tenant without a court order. For more information, visit:

If I cannot pay my rent because of COVID-19, do I have to tell my landlord?
Yes. To be protected by the new local laws and an Executive Order from the Governor of California, you must tell your landlord in writing as soon as possible that you cannot pay your rent. Give your landlord a letter, or send your landlord an email. You should explain to your landlord why you cannot pay your rent. 

What else do I need to do if I cannot pay my rent due to COVID-19?
You also need to give your landlord proof of the reason you cannot pay rent, as soon as you can. 

More information for tenants impacted by COVID-19: 
An order from Governor Newsom provides some protection to tenants in California who have been impacted by COVID-19 (Effective
3/27/2020 through 5/31/2020): 

  • Residential tenants are protected against lockout orders if they meet certain criteria to show that they cannot pay rent due to COVID-19 impacts.
    • Tenants must notify the landlord in writing within 7 days of the due date of the rent, that they cannot pay part or all of the rent due to COVID-19. 
    • Tenants must keep a copy of the written notice given to the Landlord. 
    • Include documentation of the COVID-19 impact with your letter if you have it. This could include a layoff notice, signed letter from the employer, pay stubs, bank statements etc. Tenants must keep a copy of this documentation for their records. 
  • This is NOT rent forgiveness.
  • Tenant is still obligated to pay the rent at a future date in a timely manner.

Sample Letter to Landlord

Sample Letter Spanish – carta de muestra al dueño de la propiedad

What if you missed the 7-day deadline? 
Other cities and local governments in Santa Barbara County have passed ordinances or decrees which provide additional protections and responsibilities for tenants impacted by COVID-19, so you may still have time:

)Rules and responsibilities may change as the state and local governments pass new laws or update local laws. Tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19, receive an eviction notice, or receive court paperwork for “unlawful detainer” should immediately seek legal assistance. Your rights and responsibilities vary depending on where you live. If you get served court papers for an eviction, you must respond to the papers. 

Please call us for help.

How to Contact Us 
Santa Barbara: (805) 963-6754
Lompoc: (805) 736-6582
Santa Maria (805) 922-9909


  • Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns do not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.
  • People with an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full $1,200 payment and up to $500 for each qualifying child.
  • The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 or Form RRB-1099 to generate Economic Impact Payments to recipients of benefits reflected in the Form SSA-1099 or Form RRB-1099 who are not required to file a tax return and did not file a return for 2018 or 2019. This includes senior citizens, Social Security recipients, and railroad retirees who are not otherwise required to file a tax return. 

See for more information.


Worried about being able to pay your mortgage? Contact your mortgage servicer (the company you pay your bill to) immediately to let them know that you have been impacted by COVID-19 and are having trouble paying your mortgage. Your servicer should then evaluate your options and instruct you on how to apply for relief. Your rights will depend on who owns your mortgage and whether it is guaranteed by the federal government. Please call us so we can help you navigate the process for receiving mortgage relief.  

Foreclosure Protections and Mortgage Payment Relief for Homeowners Summary from National Housing Law Project (NHLP) of certain mortgage provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and related federal actions.

Mortgage Relief Tips from Consumer Reports

Summary of Other Consumer Protection/COVID-19 Issues from National Consumer Law Center


Avoid Coronavirus Scams from the CA Reinvestment Coalition
How to Avoid Coronavirus Scams from the FTC
Want to Get Your Coronavirus Relief Check? Scammers do too.


How do I obtain unemployment benefits when I lost my job or my hours were cut?  

Unemployment benefits:
     How to File a Claim via the State of California

  • Log in to California’s Benefit Programs Online. (
  • Select UI Online.
  • Select File a Claim.
  • Read the UI Claim Filing. Select Next to continue.
  • Give your general information, last employer information, and employment history.
  • Review your information on the Summary page, then select Submit.

UI OnlineSM is the fastest and easiest way to file your Unemployment Insurance claim.
You can file your claim through UI Online seven (7) days a week between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.

File By-phone: Representatives are available at the following toll-free numbers, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon except on state holidays.
English 1-800-300-5616
Spanish 1-800-326-8937
Cantonese 1-800-547-3506
Mandarin 1-866-303-0706
Vietnamese 1-800-547-2058
TTY 1-800-815-9387

By Mail or by Fax: File your UI claim by accessing the paper Unemployment Insurance Application. For faster and secure processing, fax the completed application to the number listed on the form. If you mail your application, use the address on the form and allow additional time for processing.…/Forms_and_Publications.htm

How to Obtain more information from Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara County will not process your claim for Unemployment Benefits, but they have helpful information and resources to help you find employment. The information on the Santa Barbara County website can be found at  

What if I cannot work because I am sick with COVID-19 or I am caring for a family member with COVID-19? 
People certified by a medical professional as unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 may be eligible for State Disability Insurance.  

People unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19, as certified by a medical professional, may be eligible for Paid Family Leave, which is up to 6 weeks of benefits.

For more information, visit: 
State of California Employment Development Department

Other COVID-19 Information & Resources

City of Lompoc COVID-19 Resources

Superior Court of Santa Barbara County (03/23/20) 
Revised order regarding Superior Court procedures during COVID-19 emergency. 

Santa Barbara Superior Court Press Release (03/16/20)
Most civil, family, and probate matters that were scheduled between 3/17 and 4/3 are being postponed. If you are current client and have questions regarding your case, please call your attorney. 

United Way of Santa Barbara County COVID-19 Joint Response Grants for Individuals
United Way of Santa Barbara County will be providing grants to individuals disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic.
El 805 UndocuFund es un esfuerzo colectivo entre organizaciones comunitarias en los condados de Ventura y Santa Bárbara para ayudar a las personas y familias inmigrantes indocumentadas locales que han sido impactados económicamente por la pérdida de sus hogaressalarios y /o empleo debido a desastres en nuestra comunidad como incendiosdeslaves,  y el coronavirus, y están excluidas de la asistencia de programas de redes de seguridad financiados por el gobierno federal. 

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Food and nutrition distribution and resources. 

Schools Address Student Nutrition During Closures (Santa Ynez Valley Star, 03/16/20) 

Price-Gouging Laws are now in effect throughout Santa Barbara County (Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office, 3/12/20) 

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office

Health Consumer Alliance  – COVID-19 Information 

Consumer Alert on Price Gouging (CA) (March 4, 2020)

Santa Barbara County Public Health

Public Benefits: Social Security:  All Social Security offices are closed for in-person service.  Social Security will remain open for business online and by telephone.

Family Preparedness Documents for Immigrant Families:

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) – Know Your Rights 
Adult Emergency Contact Information Español & English
Immigrant Resources
What if I’m Picked up by ICE (English)
Financial & Medical Preparedness Plan (English)
Plan de Preparación Médica y Financiera (Español)
Family Preparedness Checklist
Affidavit of Guardian POA – Absence of Parent (English)
Asignacion de Guardian de Termino Corto (Español)
Guardian Power of Attorney – Short Term (English)
Declaracion Jurada del Tutor Referente a la Ausencia del Padre (Español)
Caregiver’s Affidavit (English)
Autorizacion para Cuidador Declaracion Jurada (Español)
Child Contact Information Español & English


Emergency Services
Referral Directory
Community Services
Consumer Services
Counseling Services
Government Agencies
Housing Agencies
Legal/Community Resources


Emergency Dispatch

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Carpinteria Police
5775 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 684-4561

Isla Vista Foot Patrol
6504 Trigo Road
Isla Vista, CA 93117
(805) 681-4179

Santa Barbara Civil Office
1105 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-2900
Fax: (805) 568-2909

Santa Barbara City Fire Department
121 W. Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-5254

Santa Barbara City Police
215 E. Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 897-2300

Santa Barbara County Sheriff
4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 681-4100
(805) 681-4434


Santa Barbara County Family Service Agency
If you are experiencing difficulty locating any specific program, dial 2-1-1 for a 24-7 Bilingual Helpline


American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU)
Executive Director: Ramona Ripston
1313 W. Eighth Street #200
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 977-9500
SB Chapter deals only with grassroots advocacy, legal issues should be referred to LA office.

Casa De La Raza
601 E. Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 965-8581
Fax: 965-6451

Catholic Charities
609 E. Haley St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 965-7045
Possible financial assistance offered.

Carpinteria Senior Center (P/O)
941 Walnut Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(805) 684-6090

Community Action Commission (CAC)
5638 Hollister Ave., Suite 230
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 964-8857
Administers programs to improve living conditions for low-income persons, and to help them become self-sufficient.

C.R.I.S Directory
Community Resource Information Service
123 W. Gutierrez Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-1001
Fax: (805) 965-2178

Goleta Senior Center (P/O)
5679 Hollister Ave. #1
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 683-1124

Goleta Valley Community Center (P/O)
Conference Room
5679 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 967-1237

Family Court Services
1100 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Santa Barbara: (805) 568-3133
Santa Maria: (805) 346-1476

Family Service Agency
123 W. Gutierrez Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-1001
Fax: 965-2178
Family crises & counseling; bilingual; sliding scale.

Franklin Neighborhood Center (P/O)
1136 E. Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Clinic: (805) 568-2099
Fax: (805) 963-7607

Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP)
528 S. Broadway
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 543-1470
Located in Santa Maria but will assist Santa Barbara county residents.

Isla Vista Tenants’ Union
IV Community Center
6550 Pardall Rd, Unit B (located above Grafikart)
Isla Vista, CA 93117

Jewish Community Center
524 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 957-1115
Fax: 957-9230
Possible financial assistance offered.

Lower Westside Center
629 Coronel Place
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-7537

Salvation Army
423 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93160
(805) 962-6281

Saint Vincent de Paul
4200 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 683-6381
Possible financial assistance offered.

Unity Shoppe
110 West Sola Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-4122
By referrals only, provides year-round services for low-income families. Offers a positive environment, education services for youths.

Westside Community Center (P/O)
423 W. Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-7567


Better Business Bureau
(805) 963-8657

Consumer Advocate Program
District Attorney’s Office
118 E. Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 568-2390
Consumer complaint filing

Consumer Credit Counseling Service
(805) 964-2227
Free Service. Works with creditors to arrange payments. Does not offer legal advice.

Department of Consumer Affairs
(800) 952-5210
Consumer complaints

Department of Real Estate
320 W. 4th Street, suite 350
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 620-2072
Complaints against brokers or real estate agents.

Environmental Defense Center
906 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-1622
Fax: 962-3052

Federal Trade Commission
Bureau of Consumer Protection & Office of Consumer and Business Education
1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357)
File complaints

The Bar Association of Santa Barbara County
123 W. Padre Street, Suite E
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 569-5511 Fax: 569-2888

The Bar Association of Ventura County
(805) 650-7599

The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 538-2280


24-Hour Helpline
Santa Barbara: (805) 692-4011
Lompoc: (805) 734-2711
Santa Ynez: (805) 688-1905
Santa Maria: (805) 928-5818

Anger Management Counseling Services
610 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-5446

Child Abuse Listening Mediation (C.A.L.M.)
1236 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara. CA
(805) 965-2376

Community Counseling Center
923 Olive Street Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 962-3363

Consumer Credit Counseling Service
(805) 964-2227
Works with creditors to arrange payments. Does not offer legal advice.

Isla Vista Counseling Center
970 Embarcadero del Mar
Isla Vista, CA 93117
(805) 968-3044

New Beginning Counseling
324 E. Carrillo Street, Suite C
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-8135

Santa Barbara Counseling Center
1333 De La Vina Street, Ste. B
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-4357
Senior 55 and up counseling non-profit accept donations.

Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center Counseling Services
433 E. Canon Perdido
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hotline: (805) 564-3696
Office: (805) 963-6832


Adult Protective Services
234 Camino del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 681-4650

Bankruptcy Court
1415 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 884-4800

City Building Inspector
Department of Building & Safety
Carpinteria (805) 684-5405 X 409
Santa Barbara (805) 897-2676

City Hall
735 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 963-0611

Child Welfare Services
234 Camino Del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110-1369
(805) 681-4464
Fax: (805) 681-4403

Chile Abuse Reporting Hotline
After hours, weekends, or holidays, call the sheriff:
(805) 683-2724

Department of Building & Safety
City of Santa Barbara
(805) 564-5485 Building and Safety
(805) 564-5461 Housing and Redevelopment
(805) 564-5470 Planning

Department of Planning and Development
County of Santa Barbara
(805) 568-2000- Administration
(805) 568-3030- Building and Safety

Department of Housing and Community Development
County of Santa Barbara
(805) 568-3520

Child Support Services
District Attorney
4 E. Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 568-2330

Department of Child Support Services
4 East Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Fax: 568-2387

Department of Consumer Affairs
Consumer complaints

Department Fair Employment
State of California
2014 T Street Suite 210
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 1(916) 227-2859

Department Fair Housing
State of California
2014 T Street Suite 210
Sacramento, CA
Fax: (510) 622-2956

Department of Fair Housing Office
630 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 564-5461
contact Sue Gray

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
535 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara, SB 93101
(800) 777-0133

District Attorney
Santa Barbara County
Fiscal del Distrito
1105 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-2300

Environmental Health
225 Camino Del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 681-4900

Environmentally Safe Products
(805) 962-2685

Franchise Tax Board
300 South Spring Street, Suite 5704
Los Angeles, CA 90013-1265
(800) 0013-1265

National HATE Crime Reporting Hotline
(800) 347-HATE

Health Inspector
Lloyd Simms
225 Camino Del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 681-4900
Fax: (805) 681-4901

Housing Authority
City of Santa Barbara
808 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 965-10715575
Armitos Avenue
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 967-3402
Government assistance with housing for qualified county residents.

Internal Revenue Service
1332 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 564-7555
Federal tax information & assistance-problem resolution

Small Claims Court Advisor
(805) 568-3303
Leave name and number, call will be returned.

Small Claims Court Office
County of Santa Barbara
1100 Anacapa Street
2nd Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-2770

Department of Social Services
County of Santa Barbara
234 Camino Del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110-1369
(805) 681-4400
AFDC, Food Stamps, Medi-Cal, General Relief applications can be completed over the phone.

Social Security Administration (SSA)
355 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-7806
1-800-772-1213 (24 hrs)
TTY: 1-800-325-0778

Superior Court
1100 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93121-1107
(805) 568-2220
Fax: 568-3137

U.S. Post Office
836 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93102
(805) 564-2226 or 1-800-275-8777

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
International parental child abduction, adopting from another country, overseas child support enforcement, & child protection

Santa Barbara Coastal Vector Control District
(805) 969-5050 Fax: (805) 969-5643

Victim/Witness Assistance Program
Office of the District Attorney
Courthouse Annex
118 E. Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-2408

Santa Barbara Public Health: Women, Infants & Children
315 Camino Del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 681-5275
(805) 681-4755
Government assistance for pregnant, nursing mothers (offered until child turns 5)


City Housing Authority

County Housing Authority

Community Housing

People’s Self Help


Santa Barbara County Bar Association
15 West Carrillo Street, Suite 106
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
15 West Carrillo Street, Suite 106
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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