College students without a financial safety net are in a tough spot when unexpected costs arise. Through a collaboration between several departments across campus, students with financial hardships can receive help through the Housing Voucher program. The purpose of the program is to give students a safe and secure living environment, as well as improving their mental health and allowing them to focus on their academic goals.
To apply, a student submits an application to the Financial Crisis Response Team. Once awarded, the student will take their voucher to the University & Community Housing Services office and funds will be applied to their Campus Housing rent, or a check will be cut to pay a landlord or hotel.
Additionally, Campus Housing gives priority to students who are most vulnerable to housing insecurity: Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, Guardian Scholars, Promise Scholars, and Veterans. We also work to ensure that students who identify as transgender/non-binary are accommodated in comfortable living situations.
UC Santa Barbara has a number of resources available for students that you can find on the Basic Needs Resources website.