The Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County is a non-profit financing agency and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to expand affordable housing opportunities for low-to-middle income residents and workers of Santa Barbara County, California. HTF helps maintain the socio-economic fabric of Santa Barbara County by addressing the fundamental building block of healthy communities – housing that is affordable to local workers and residents.
Our long-standing Revolving Loan Fund
is operated in partnership with community lenders to offer below-market interest rate loans and technical assistance to eligible affordable housing sponsors
of rental and home ownership projects that expand affordable housing opportunities for Santa Barbara County residents.
The Workforce Home Buyer Program
provides deferred or low-cost, interest-only down payment loans to help low-to-moderate income working families
purchase an entry-level, market rate home in the Santa Barbara County community where they work, enabling a stable residence that strengthens the family and the local neighborhood.
HTF’s geographical service area encompasses the entire County of Santa Barbara, California, including the urban cities of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Buellton, Solvang, Lompoc, Santa Maria and Guadalupe and the unincorporated rural areas.
HTF finances affordable rental and homeownership housing for low-to-moderate income working families, single parents, farm workers, senior citizens, homeless persons, and other persons with special needs throughout Santa Barbara’s diverse communities.
In 2017 Santa Barbara County is the sixth least affordable small metropolitan housing market in the nation, and the third least affordable region in the State, using the traditional housing affordability index. Our high housing costs have created a severe shortage of affordable housing and a huge ‘affordability gap’.