RESOURCES – CITY OF SANTA MARIA AND NORTHERN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program, helps taxpayers have more discretionary income for everyday essentials, such as food and housing, by assisting with tax services and ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to almost all taxpayers in Northern Santa Barbara County,
with special attention to seniors and low to moderate income taxpayers.
Call one of the telephone number below beginning in late January for tax preparation appointments
beginning in early February at a tax preparation center near you.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in cooperation with the IRS.
Solvang: 805-688 3793
Santa Maria: 805-925-0951, extension 207
Adult Protective Services
Any concerned person, may call to initiate an investigation into suspected abuse. You may also call to discuss your concerns without making a report. Any professional who, within their capacity or within the scope of their employment, who has a reasonable suspicion of abuse, must report immediately by telephone and in writing within two working days to Adult Protective Services.
Santa Barbara: 805-681-4550 Santa Maria: 805-346-8303 Lompoc: 805-737-6020
Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens – Area Agency on Aging
A non-profit organization serving San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
Allocates federal and state monies to local agencies for supportive, nutrition and health
promotion services for older adults. Produces Senior Resource Directory every two years.
528 S. Broadway Avenue, Santa Maria, Phones: 805-925-9554 and 800-510-2020
CAPSLO – Community Action Partners of San Luis Obispo County
CAPSLO serves the Santa Maria Valley with the weatherization/energy program for income eligible families and seniors:
Weatherstripping, heater check ups, new energy efficient light fixtures and more. Call for an appointment.
CRLA – California Rural Legal Assistance
CRLA represents low-income clients on a variety of cutting edge issues.
It is the belief of CRLA that justice should not require a price tag, but should be a basic human right for all.
CRLA focuses on issues involving discrimination, tenant – landlord law, workplace safety, fair housing practices,
and access to quality education and healthcare. CRLA may be able to assist mobilehome residents in some situations.
Call for more information.
|1011 Pacific Street #A||2050 “G” South Broadway|
|San Luis Obispo||Santa Maria|
Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (CACSB)
Private, non-profit organization which creates opportunities for Santa Barbara families to achieve stability.
From children and teens to seniors, CACSB offers programs which are supportive and life-changing to income-eligible members
of the community: child care, education/mentoring for teens and young adults, healthy meals for children and seniors,
and home improvements to create safer, more energy efficient homes.
Visit their website or call the main office in Goleta for more information.
5638 Hollister, Suite 230, Goleta, CA 93117, Phone: (805) 964-8857
Conflict Solution Center – Santa Maria Office
General mediation services including Landlord/Tenant disputes.
1115 South Broadway, Santa Maria, 93454,
Phone: 805-349-8943, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 2 PM
District Attorney’s Office
Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit
Trained investigators who are familiar with the dynamics which are common in elder abuse cases.
Also provide Advocates who offer services to victims and families including crisis intervention, court
support and referral and resource information.
312D East Cook Street, Santa Maria, Phone: 805-346-7529
1112 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, Phone: 805-568-7529
Fair Housing Enforcement Program
A program within the City of Santa Barbara designed to assist people who believe they have
experienced discrimination in the rental of housing.
630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, Phone: 805-564-5461
Rental Housing Mediation Task Force
Provides basic information on rental rights to tenants and landlords.
Offers mediation services in rental housing disputes.
630 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, Phone: 805-564-5420
Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP)
HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) provides free and objective information and
counseling about Medicare. Volunteer counselors can help you understand your specific rights
and health care options. HICAP also offers free educational presentations to groups of
Medicare beneficiaries, their families and/or providers on a variety of Medicare
and other health insurance related topics. Serves San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
528 South Broadway, Santa Maria, Phone: 805-928-5663
ILRC – Independent Living Resource Center
Statewide non-profit advocacy organization which serves individuals with disabilities or
functional limitations. ILRC provides information on housing, employment and benefits assistance.
It encourages persons with disabilities to actively participate in the community at every level.
Local offices in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
|7425 El Camino Real||327 E. Plaza Drive, Suite 3A||423 West Victoria Street|
|Atascadero||Santa Maria||Santa Barbara|
League of Women Voters – Santa Maria Valley
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active
participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues,
and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Has volunteers who are able to
do presentations to community groups on bills, propositions. Conducts political forums for
candidates for local and state offices.
Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County
Free civil legal services are available to low-income families and senior citizens in the
following priority areas: family law as related to domestic violence, landlord/tenant law, public benefits
(CalWORKs, GR, SSI, MediCal).
|01 South Miller Street #116||604 East Ocean Avenue Suite B|
|Santa Maria, CA 93454||Lompoc, CA 93436|
|Phone: 805-922-9909||Phone: 805-736-6582|
|Fax: 805-347-4494||Fax: 805-347-4494|
|9:30 AM – 4 PM (Mon-Thu, closed Fri)||9:30 AM – 4 PM (Mon-Thu, closed Fri)|
Long Term Care Ombudsman Services – Northern Santa Barbara County
Currently served by San Luis Obipso County Long Term Care Program
Advocacy, complaint investigation and problem resolutions in long term care facilities (nursing homes, board & care, etc.).
Placement information for families, monitoring visits, no fees for services. Witnessing of Advance Health Care Directives.
3232 So. Higuera, Suite 101 B San Luis Obispo, Phone: 805-785-0132,
24 Hour Emergency Services: 1-800-231-4024 (National Hotline)
Santa Maria City Attorney’s Office – Code Compliance
For serious violations of Uniform Housing Code, Uniform Fire Code, UMC, UPC, etc.
204 East Cook Street, Santa Maria, CA 93454, Phone: 805-925-0951, Extension 310
Santa Barbara Community Action Network (SB CAN)
The Santa Barbara County Action Network (SB CAN) works to promote social and economic justice, to
preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and to create sustainable affordable
communities. SB CAN advocates a holistic approach to community planning that integrates housing,
open space, and transportation to meet the needs of all members of our community and future generations.
SB CAN uses its organizational strength to advocate for progressive policies that are generated
from within and by its allied organizations and enables efficient communication and coordination
between local progressive groups. We are active participants in a wide range of environmental
and social justice coalitions across the county, including the Naples Coalition, Coalition for
a Fair and Balanced Measure A, and the Santa Maria Community Coalition.
Learn more about SB CAN on our website.
SUREPATH Consumer Credit Counseling
Credit Counseling Service organization providing caring, innovative solutions to assist consumers in
handling financial challenges such as credit card debt, debt counseling and foreclosure issues.