Residential Services

Located in downtown Santa Barbara, Noah’s Anchorage is a licensed eight-bed runaway and homeless shelter for youth age 12-17. Services are free and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Services include:

  • Daily nutritious meals

  • Family mediation

  • Educational support

  • Individual and family counseling

  • Case management

  • Activities to support health & wellbeing

  • Transportation services

Call/text: (805) 698-6701

Hotline: 1-866-HELP-TEEN


Clinical Services

Noah’s Anchorage offers short-term mental health counseling services to residential and non-residential youth and their families. Our clinical team promotes safety and wellbeing to build healthy coping skills, strengthen resiliency, and overcome adversity. We provide mental health services addressing a wide range of topics:

  • Trauma & Chronic Stress

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Parent/Guardian/Caregiver Support

  • Family Conflict Resolution & Mediation

  • Grief & Loss


Street Outreach

The YMCA provides support to youth and young adults age 12-24 who are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless. Staff provide resources in the community via a mobile outreach team and at our drop-in center located at Noah's Anchorage Youth Shelter. Our drop-in center operates 9am - 1pm, 7 days a week.

Services include:

  • Nutritious food

  • Hygiene supplies

  • Laundry services

  • Personal storage

  • Clothing

  • Counseling services

  • Case management

  • Referrals for care

  • Computer and internet access

  • Vocational support


About Noah's Anchorage Youth Shelter

Noah’s Anchorage is a Community Care Licensed Youth Homelessness Prevention Center. At Noah’s Anchorage we provide a welcoming and supportive environment for youth ages 12-17 who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, have runaway, or are in an unsafe situation. All youth who come to Noah’s have access to healthy meals, warm showers and hygiene supplies, clothing, and a supportive adult. Both residential and non-residential services are intended to support physical, educational, and social-emotional well-being. 

Our staff work alongside youth and their families to provide case management, education and housing support, life skills coaching, conflict mediation and much more all free of charge. Working from a holistic, positive youth development approach, services are individualized, strengths-based and designed to meet immediate and long-term needs.

In addition to ongoing prevention, crisis and after care services, we collaborate with numerous community partners to ensure youth and families receive a continuum of care before, during, and after their involvement with Noah’s Anchorage. We rely on our community partnerships for a collaborative and well-rounded service plan tailored to each youth and family’s unique circumstance.

Noah’s Anchorage has provided free, low/no-barrier services to all Santa Barbara residents for almost 50 years. Donations, grants, and legacy gifts maintain our services and ensure that Noah’s Anchorage YMCA Programs are delivered. 


Keeping You Safe

Youth and Family Services continues to provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our community.  Services are provided in-person and virtually.  All programs impose rigorous sanitizing routines, and comply with all local and state guidelines. Face masks and hand sanitizer are readily available. Gloves are worn during food preparation and distribution.  Our facilities have been adapted to allow for acceptable social distancing.


Location:  301 West Figueroa St., Santa Barbara 93103

Crisis Hotline: 805-963-8775

Crisis Text:  805-698-6701