Financial Assistance during COVID-19


Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

United Way Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County (805) 965-8591
Financial assistance for families, individuals and nonprofits

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program
Rental assistance funds to eligible County of Santa Barbara residents, living in unincorporated areas of the County, and the cities of Buellton, Solvang, Carpinteria and Guadalupe that have experienced a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can demonstrate the need for rental support.

IRS – Economic Impact Payments
Financial assistance for federal taxpayers

Help with Credit Cards (Call the phone # on the back of your card)
Credit card bill assistance 

Big Sunday Foot the Bill Fund
Quick grants to pay all or part of any kind of bill: electric, cable, phone, car, medical, rent, mortgage up to $100.

Employment Development Department (EDD) – Disability
Disability insurance (if sick or quarantined by COVID-19)

Employment Development Department (EDD) – Unemployment
English: 1(800) 300-5616
Spanish: 1(800) 326-8937
Unemployment insurance if hours have been reduced or school closure require individual to be home

Employment Development Department (EDD) – Paid Family Leave
Paid family leave if unable to work due to caring for ill or quarantined family member

Department of Social Services – CalFresh & CalWorks (805) 346-7135
Financial & food assistance 

MICOP Direct Relief Assistance for Immigrants (805) 791-2003
Financial assistance for undocumented folks affected by COVID-19

Community Action Commission
Home Energy Assistance Program

Department of Motor Vehicles
60 day grace period for drivers license & vehicle registration expiration dates

Gas Company (CARE) 1(800) 427-2200
Discounts on gas bills

AT&T 1(800) 288-2020
Flexible payment options during COVID-19

Sprint 1(888) 211-4727
Flexible payment options during COVID-19

Verizon 1(877) 746-0910
Flexible payment options during COVID-19

National Domestic Worker COVID-19 Fund
Emergency fund for domestic workers

California College Student Emergency Fund
Application for $500 for eligible CA college students

805 Udocufund 
Financial assistance for undocumented individuals

SBCC Coronavirus Relief Fund
Financial assistance for SBCC students

Allan Hancock Student Basic Needs (805) 922-6966 x3011
Basic need resources & emergency funds for students


Saint Vincent De Paul (805) 735-3068 x45
Financial assistance

Catholic Charities (805) 736-6226
Gas bill assistance

CAC – Weatherizing & HEAP (805) 735-8392
Assistance that will cover a single utility (gas or electric) bill per year


Santa Barbara

Quick Response Loans
Quick loans for small business (< 5 employees, < 1 million in revenue)

Halt on Tenant Eviction – City of Santa Barbara
No evictions for inability to pay during the months of April & May

Rental Assistance for City of Santa Barbara Residents
Rental Assistance grants to eligible individuals and families.


South County

Southern California Edison 1(800) 447-6620
Utility bill assistance

SoCal Gas 1(800) 427-2200
Utility bill assistance

CAC Weatherizing & HEAP (805) 617-2897
Assistance paying one utility (gas or electric) bill per year

93108 Fund
For restaurant workers of Montecito facing financial hardship

Pro Deo Foundation – Laundry
Free laundry supplies in Carpinteria