Established in 2000, Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County (Habitat Santa Barbara) is a local nonprofit committed to building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. We partner with low-income individuals and families in Southern Santa Barbara County to build or improve a place to call home. Homeowners build alongside volunteers and purchase their home with an affordable mortgage. Habitat Santa Barbara has built 22 new homes for 84 individuals, 50% of whom are children. Stay tuned for details on our next affordable homeownership opportunity!

Will I be able to rent a Habitat home?

No. All Habitat Santa Barbara homes are owner-occupied. The homes are sold to eligible low-income homeowners at an affordable mortgage.

Who can apply to purchase a Habitat home?

Once the next opportunity is announced, the application process will be open to qualified individuals and families who are currently living and/or working in Santa Barbara County. Qualified applicants must be 18 years or older, first-time homebuyers and have an annual income that falls between 60% and 80% of the Area Median Income as defined by HUD. In addition, a qualified applicant must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States. As a part of the Habitat for Humanity model, other criteria include demonstrated need, a willingness to partner, and the ability to pay.

How do I get on the waiting list for the application process?

There is no waiting list available at this time. You are encouraged to sign up for our e-newsletter and to follow us on social media to be notified if and when a waiting list is established.

Will homeowner partners be required to help build the homes?

Yes. All newly selected homeowner partners must contribute “sweat equity” in the form of volunteer labor. They will work alongside other homeowner partners and community volunteers to help build or fix up their homes and the homes of their neighbors.

Has Habitat Santa Barbara built homes before?

Yes. Habitat Santa Barbara has completed four affordable housing builds, encompassing a total of 22 homes.

When will the application process begin?

The timing of the application process is subject to change based on the progress of our next affordable housing build or rehabilitation. For updates related to the application timeline, interested applicants can check Habitat Santa Barbara’s website,, for updates. You are encouraged to sign up for our e-newsletter and to follow Habitat Santa Barbara on social media to be notified when the application process opens.

I would like to volunteer to help build or rehab a Habitat Santa Barbara home. Who do I contact?

Please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator, Amanda Cobb, at

I would like to make a donation to help build or rehabilitate the next Habitat Santa Barbara homes. Who do I contact?

Please contact Susan Renehan, Director of Philanthropy and External Affairs at

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