The H.O.P.E. Community Outreach Team is committed to assisting the homeless with opportunity to prosper and engage. We seek out and accompany the most vulnerable unhoused individuals and families, advocating with them and creatively networking available resources to open up opportunities for housing and other critical services.
Our day-to-day outreach activities start with meeting people where they are—geographically, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually—and working with them to form trusting relationships. From there, we help them navigate complex social services systems so they can obtain needed resources like:
· ID/Driver’s license · Birth certificate · Social Security Card · EBT/SNAP benefits · Transportation · Clothing · Camping supplies · Mental & physical health care · Employment · Substance abuse treatment · Counseling · Transitional and permanent housing · Referrals to other programs
We go to those who need us. We work from our cars, at homeless camps, in hospitals, or anywhere else we find people struggling with homelessness.
Resources & Referrals
It Starts With Us Foundation receives calls and emails daily from individuals and organizations seeking help as they don't know where to turn or where to begin to look for help. We serve as a conduit of knowledge for those who are seeking resources and referrals.
We can help with Lompoc's Tenant-Based Rental Assistance application process. We can provide referral and resources for all other areas.
Fresh Start Furnishing Program
Our Fresh Start Program helps to furnish the homes of those who have been recently housed after an experience with homelessness.
Immediate & Emergency Needs
Our Immediate & Emergency Needs Program is designed to help those who are experiencing homelessness and/or poverty in the Nipomo and Northern Santa Barbara County area with limited funds to address their immediate and emergency needs. The goal of this service is to assist with a one-time barrier will enable them to move toward or maintain self-sufficiency and stability. When funds allow, we can help with utilities, transportation, clothing, basic needs, emergency food, etc.
Note: No funds are given directly to the individual.
In-Kind Supportive Services
It Starts With Us Foundation receives in-kind support from many community members with things as clothing, shoes, hygiene items, food, and snacks. These items are then distributed to those in need throughout the community.
We assist members of the LGBTQ+ community in numerous of ways. We provide resources for affordable housing, resume building, and supportive job services. In addition, we provide legal document preparation services for those who identify as Transgender and wish to change their legal documents to reflect their authentic. Contact us today to see how we can be of help to you.
We assist our American Veterans with resources and referrals for affordable legal services, housing, medical, mental health services and more!