AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

AARP 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.
Lompoc: 805-875-8085
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 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.
Phone: 805-541-4122

CRLA – California Rural Legal Assistance

CRLA 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
805-544-7997 805-922-4563

Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (CACSB)

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 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

ILRC 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 MariaSanta Barbara
805-462-1162 805-925-0015805-963-0595
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League of Women Voters – Santa Maria Valley

LWV 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.
Phone: 805-739-1909

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County

LAFSBC 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

Long Term Care 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)

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.
Phone: 805-563-0463

SUREPATH Consumer Credit Counseling

Surepath 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.

Phone: 877-615-7873