COVID-19 Resources for the Goleta Community

City News

The City of Goleta has gathered lists of COVID-19 resources from various locations to provide to you. Please visit and the Santa Barbara County Health Department’s Public Information Portal for the most recent information on COVID-19.


Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Information Portal
Press Conferences Monday-Friday at 4:30pm on Channel 20 and YouTube
Santa Barbara County Call Center: (833) 688-5551, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2-1-1 Call Center: In 805 – Dial 211; Outside 805 – (800) 400-1572
Santa Barbara County Recorded Information Line: (805) 681-4373
Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: (888) 868-1649

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cottage Hospital

Utilities and Services

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and utilities under its jurisdiction are supporting communities during these challenging times, here are some local utilities and services:  

Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison announced that it is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees, effective immediately, for residential and business customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.

Learn about bill payment options and services during COVID-19 here.

COX Communications
Effective Monday, March 16, COX Communications is providing:

  • Limited-time, first month free of Connect2Compete service, $9.95/month thereafter.
  • Until May 15, 2020, they are providing phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge to provide peace of mind and ease for technology needs.
  • Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through their association with PCs for People.

MarBorg’s regularly scheduled trash collection services are continuing, but the Buy Back Center locations have been closed, this includes the Goleta Recycling Center at 20 David Love Place.

Customer Service assistance is available at 805-963-1852 or Mon-Fri – 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Santa Barbara MTD has lowered service levels on several lines associated with area educational institutions, in light of these schools ceasing campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, as of March 19, all MTD fixed-route bus service will be provided free of charge until further notice. Passengers without disabilities will be directed to use the rear door of the vehicle for boarding and alighting to minimize contact with bus operators at the front door and farebox area. Passengers using mobility devices or who need the ramp will be allowed to board and alight from the front door of the vehicle.

The following service changes are now in effect:

  • No Line 15x (SBCC/UCSB Express) Service
  • No Line 16 (SBCC Shuttle) Service
  • No Line 28 (UCSB Shuttle) Service
  • Line 27 (Isla Vista Shuttle) will operate on the “UCSB out” alternate schedule as published in the schedule guide
  • No booster service to Junior Highs, High Schools, or Alpha Resource Center

Call (805) 963-3366 for assistance.

For the full list of utilities and services, please visit

Restaurant Service & More

This is an especially tough time for our local businesses.  You can help support them by ordering take-out and delivery. Noozhawk and The Restaurant Guy have put together a list of restaurants offering these services within the County. You can also buy a gift card to use at a later date. This helps restaurants (and shops) keep money coming in and gives you something to look forward to using in the future.

KEYT also has an online directory of businesses still open, click here to search it.  

Food Bank of Santa Barbara County

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County continues its work to provide enough healthy food to everyone who needs it in Santa Barbara County as the Covid-19 crisis unfolds. The Foodbank’s initiative is called Safe Access to Food for Everyone (SAFE) Food Net.
Food Bank South County, 4554 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara CA 93110 (805) 967-5741 
Mon. – Fri.: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.,

Resources for Seniors

The following Agencies on Aging are responsible for planning and administering services for seniors across the state. 

Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens 
528 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454, (805) 925-9554,

Meals for Seniors
If you are or know of a senior who is in need of a meal now or in the near future, visit Meals on Wheels of America to contact your local resources:

Resources for Employees

Santa Barbara County Economic Recovery (

California is committed to assisting workers hurt by COVID-19, read below for resources that may fit your situation.

Sick or Quarantined
If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. The executive order issued by the Governor waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19, please visit

If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

School Closures
Parents of children that have to miss work due to school closures may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.

All information and resources can be found at

Small Business Disaster Assistance Loans

The Small Business Administration will provide disaster loans up to $2 Million to small businesses in need. The agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country.

For additional information, contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail

To apply and see if your business qualifies for a loan, please visit

In addition, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the COVID-19 outbreak:

Resources for Businesses (including Non-Profits)

Goleta Chamber of Commerce

Santa Barbara County Economic Recovery (

Santa Barbara Foundation & Partners
The Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF) and the United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) announced a partnership that will provide financial support to address the needs of individuals and families in Santa Barbara County as well as the nonprofits who serve them. To support the efforts of the nonprofit community, the Santa Barbara Foundation is organizing webinars and organizations by topic areas that have been identified by grantees and other social sector partners; you can find the list of webinars at

Women’s Economic Venture

Local School Closures and Meal Service

Goleta Union School District:

Santa Barbara County School District Meal Service during COVID-19 Closures:

Santa Barbara County Education Office:

COVID-19 and California Public Schools 

Questions for the California Department of Education (CDE) about an emergency?

Related issues may be directed to

SB 117 (urgency measure): The bill contains changes for education programs that ensure local educational agencies continue to receive funding during the COVID-19 emergency and allow for flexibility for local educational agencies to continue to provide educational options to their students. It addresses school district funding, afterschool programs, child development programs, special education, and English learners, among other topics.

California Department of Education Guidance
The CDE has issued guidance related to the following topics, and plans to update the information every Friday:

  • Distance learning
  • Ways to gain access to the internet
  • Special education
  • Nutrition and student meals
  • Child care and student supervision
  • Special education:  U.S. Department of Education guidance

Executive Orders Regarding the CDE:

  • March 18 Executive Order:  The order suspends standardized testing and seeks federal waivers.
    • March 13 Executive Order:  The order provides that even if schools close temporarily because of COVID-19, school districts must:
  • Continue delivering high-quality educational opportunities to students through other options, distance learning and independent study;
  • Safely provide school meals through the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, consistent with the requirements of the California Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture;
  • To the extent practicable, arrange for supervision for students during ordinary school hours
  • Continue to pay employees.

Tax and Fee Administration

Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency through May 11, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration has the authority to assist individuals and businesses impacted by complying with a state or local public health official's imposition or recommendation of social distancing measures related to COVID-19. This assistance includes granting extensions for filing returns and making payments, relief from interest and penalties, and filing a claim for refund.

Taxpayers may request assistance by contacting the CDTFA. Requests for relief of interest or penalties or requesting an extension for filing a return may be made through their online services. More information here.

Resources for the Undocumented Community 

With a few exceptions, undocumented workers qualify for benefits and remedies provided to workers by both federal and California law. More information:

Undocumented people still qualify for emergency Medi-Cal. More information.  

The 805 UndocuFund is a collective effort among Ventura and Santa Barbara County-based grassroots organizations to assist local undocumented immigrant individuals and families who are excluded from federally funded safety net programs; that have been economically impacted by the loss of their homes, wages, and/or employment due to disasters in our community like wildfires, mudslides, and COVID-19. 

They are currently fundraising and hiring staff to serve the community.  They will open applications to receive assistance soon. 

Volunteer Opportunities

United Boys & Girls Clubs United Boys and Girls Clubs are a Food Bank Distribution site during this time. They could use volunteers to help bag canned goods. The Goleta location (5701 Hollister Ave) has two shifts: 11::30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you can help, please contact Tina Ballue at or Kate Newbury at

Bucket Brigade

Donate blood Urgent shortage: donors needed. If you are healthy and able please consider donating blood now. As this disease continues to spread there will be significantly less people able to donate.

Warning Regarding Scams

District Attorney Warns of Scams Related to Coronavirus
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley is informing the public that scams related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency continues. Read the full article in Noozhawk.


Those who are uninsured and/or do not have a primary health care provider and are symptomatic of virus can call 211 for assistance.

We hope you find this list of resources helpful. Visit for more information.