Victoria Hotel

Physical Address: 24 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Mailing Address: 26 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone: (805) 699-7223


Housing for Single Room Occupants

The City of Santa Barbara approached PSHH to purchase this last Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel downtown. The majority of residents were very-low-income seniors, veterans, and formerly-homeless individuals. In 2001 the Victoria Hotel was purchased, and then renovated and restored to its original California Mission/Art Deco style. Improvements included, a new reception area, a community kitchen, dining area, new bathrooms and showers, and a laundry facility.

Before rehabilitation of the two-story building, including the commercial spaces on the ground level, many residents felt isolated from each other and the outside world. Now, they enjoy a better quality of life, in part due to conversations taking place during sponsor-provided meals. An onsite social worker is available for counseling, organizes job referrals, and coordinates health service for residents with physical and mental health challenges. Residents feel empowered again to go out into the community and life an active/engaged life style.