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Care Net Santa Maria
Care Net offers free parenting classes and maternity and infant clothing.
Women, Infants & Children WIC
Federally sponsored program through the California Department of Pubic Health available to low income pregnant, breastfeeding , and postpartum women and children under age five who are at nutritional risk and who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Providing coupons for milk, cheese, eggs, juice, formula, cereal, etc.
California state-sponsored program provides temporary financial assistance and employment focused services to families with minor children who have income and property below State maximum limits for their family size.
Catholic Charities of Santa Barbara County
Services include thrift store vouchers for clothing or household items, food distribution, small grants for dental and eyeglasses expenses, and emergency financial assistance.
CalFresh is California's food stamps (SNAP) program. Apply to get up to $194 a month per household member on an EBT card.
Section 8 Housing Choice Program Santa Barbara
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program allows low-income households (voucher holders) to pay approximately one-third of their income in rent and utilties to participating housing providers. The remainder of the rent is paid through federal subsidies to the housing providers by the Housing Authority of the County of Shanta Barbara (HACSB).
Maternity home in Santa Barbara equipping and empowering pregnant women for the future by offering them through outreach programs pregnancy care, education, and guidance whether they choose to personally parent or lovingly select an adoptive home. Also provide residential housing for moms to be through 2 months post-partum.
St. Vincent's Santa Barbara
St. Vincent’s programs and services address homeless issues, provide affordable and quality childcare, and empower women and children for success through our emphasis on education and counseling. The Family Strengthening Program is a drug- and alcohol-free, transitional housing program (up to 27 months), designed to assist low-income single mothers, with one or two children, five years old or younger, or pregnant with her first or second child (first child must be five years old or younger).
Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP)
Available in Santa Barbara and Buellton, PEP is a free support group for new parents providing weekly meetings, baby basics classes, and postpartum distress support and a 24-Hour Warmline 805.564-3888 (English), 805.852.1595 (Español). Services are also available in Spanish.
Welcome Every Baby (WEB)
Welcome Every Baby is designed to help connect families with additional information and resources to help you do your most important job of all, raising your new baby. Welcome Every Baby Newborn Home Visiting Program is a free community service for all newborns and their families who live in Santa Barbara County. Their professional staff of nurses and infant home visitors is available to visit you in your home and call you between visits to provide help and information. They can help you with breastfeeding, caring for your baby and answer questions on how your child is learning and growing. They can help you if you are feeling sad or depressed or have questions or concerns about your well-being or the well-being of your baby. They can also help you connect to other local community services.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department MCAH Program
The Maternal Child Adolescent Health (MCAH) program is part of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). It assesses the needs of women, infants, children and adolescents, and coordinates and plans programs & services for this population. The program has the following focus: Provide mothers and children (especially those with low income or limited availability to services) access to quality maternal and child health services. Promote the health of mothers and infants by providing assistance with access to prenatal care for low-income, at-risk pregnant women, and to promote the health of children by providing assistance with access to preventive care for low-income children.