The Carpinteria Children’s Project has reported a sharp increase in the number of homeless families seeking services in the past few months and urged residents to donate.

Director of Family Services Jessica Ramirez confirmed to CVN that the center has worked with eight families without homes this year, five of which came through in the last three months. For comparison, the center served three families without homes last year, Ramirez said. 

“(This is) a very large jump,” Ramirez said. “We’ve also received about 10 other referrals for families who need assistance with utilities or rent. Those families have homes, we’ve just assisted with connecting them to resources that help pay their outstanding bills in order for them to stay in their homes.” 

In a newsletter sent out to families, Executive Director Teresa Alvarez called the jump a “concerned trend,” and urged residents to donate to the center during the holidays. 

“As we interview them, it’s clear that the smallest change in circumstances can mean the difference between their home and living out of a car or hotel. In many cases, these families need a week or less of support to bridge them to a more positive situation,” Alvarez wrote.

The Carpinteria Children’s Project is located at 5201 Eighth St. in Carpinteria. Learn more at carpchildren.org or a (805) 566-1600. 

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