A Snapshot of Poverty in Santa Barbara County
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors launched the Poverty Initiative in January 2012 to provide a snapshot of poverty in the county. The board commissioned Insight Center to produce a geographically-based study to identify ways in which the Recession has impacted Santa Barbara County. Through data collection, a Service Provider and Funder Survey, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, and stakeholder interviews, the purpose of this assessment is to analyze how well county resources and services are
strategically aligned to areas and populations in greatest economic need and to make recommendations for improvements.
Downloadable versions of the full report, executive summary, and appendices, as well as the Board Agenda Letter, a press release announcing the September 10, 2013 presentation to the Board of Supervisors, and the presentation itself are available here.
Media coverage include:
- County Supervisors Approve Housing Development, Look at Poverty Report. NOOZHAWK, September 11, 2013
- New Study Shows More Than One In Eight Santa Barbara County Residents Living In Poverty. KCLU, September 11, 2013
- Supes get report on county poverty. Santa Maria Times, September 11, 2013
- Study Reveals Growing Poverty Rate in SB County. Central Coast News, September 10, 2013
- Study shows Santa Barbara County continues to struggle with poverty. KSBY6, September 9, 2013
- Presentation (item 6) to the County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors. CSBTV, September 10, 2013.