The clients enrolled in the LeaseUp program are currently experiencing homelessness within Santa Barbara county and include a very diverse population of individuals. Clients could be currently living on the streets, in their car, or at an emergency or interim housing shelter. It is the job of the Housing Specialist to work with property managers to match them with clients that meet the rental criteria and ensure that the criteria is fair for the clients.
In order to access housing resources, all tenants must be enrolled in a program that provides supportive services. Prior to move-in, supportive services staff meet with every tenant to discuss potential needs and, as appropriate, set goals and create a written plan for achieving them. Based on this assessment of needs, staff connects tenants to critical off-site resources, such as primary and specialty healthcare, mental health counseling or addiction treatment, as well as education resources or job training. Additional services and programs include in-home visits to ensure long-term tenancy, independent living skills, recreational and educational outings, and tenant council meetings.