Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People

Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People
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545 Alisal Road, Suite 102
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 686-0295

People Helping People

Santa Ynez Valley

(PHP) SYV People Helping People, based in Solvang, CA. PHP is the leading provider of human and social services in mid Santa Barbara County. Our service area encompasses Buellton, Solvang, Santa Ynez, Ballard, Los Olivos, Los Alamos, and the Gaviota Coast, with limited services extended to the Lompoc Valley.

The Santa Ynez Valley, known for its rural ranches, farms, and vineyards, has experienced significant population growth, now exceeding 30,000 residents. Despite the area’s natural beauty and agricultural richness, it faces stark income disparities, with over 20% of residents living at or near Federal poverty levels. As of 2018, Santa Barbara County has one of the highest poverty rates in California.

About Us

Incorporated in 1992, PHP is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation registered with the California Registry of Charitable Trusts (registration number CT 1848585). We are in good standing, and inquiries regarding our status can be made to the Office of the California Attorney General at

Our Vision – SYV People Helping People

People Helping People envisions a community where all individuals have the opportunity to achieve self-sufficiency with dignity, realize their potential, and live in a healthy environment.

Our Mission

We address emergency and basic needs of individuals and families in the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos, and nearby communities. PHP provides comprehensive integrated support services, and acting as a catalyst for positive community change.

Our History

Founded in 1992 by local citizens and government officials. PHP initially operated from donated office space in the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Solvang with a budget of $40,000. Our services began with food distribution and advocacy, assisting clients with government aid applications, commercial disputes, and accessing other community services. By 1994, we served 400 unique clients.

Today, PHP has grown significantly, operating from a dedicated building with 18 full and part-time employees across 7 locations, offering 18 direct service programs, and managing a budget exceeding $2 million. In 2018-19, we served 3,725 unique clients.

Programs & Services

Our integrated service model offers a “hand up” to families and individuals, promoting self-sufficiency through a “one stop shop” approach. Clients can access multiple services through a single contact with a Family Advocate, ensuring comprehensive support.

Donate – SYV People Helping People

PHP relies on the generosity of community members to continue our vital work. Your donations help us provide essential services and support to those in need, fostering a stronger, self-sufficient community. Help us change lives for the better.

Contact Us

Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People
Phone: 805-686-0295

Join us in our mission to improve lives and create lasting change in our community.

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