Basic Needs Initiative

Critical to student success at the CSU, the Basic Needs Initiative takes a holistic look at students’ well-being inside and outside the classroom, from housing and food security to mental health. We’re working together to find better ways to support our students on their path to graduation. For more information, view the Basic Needs Strategic Plan.

Basic Needs Resources

Associated Students Basic Needs Resources

Below are the resources that the Basic Needs Initiative provides. Click on the links to learn more. For questions about the Basic Needs Initiative, contact our Community Service & Basic Needs Coordinator, Michaela Bietz

CalFresh: Learn about and apply for CalFresh, a nutrition program that can help you buy healthy foods.

CALFRESH NOTICE: Sonoma County is currently experiencing a high volume of CalFresh applications and doing their best to accommodate students' requests for CalFresh benefits. Due to the high demand for support, interview appointments may not scheduled until as late as December. Visit our CalFresh page for more information and recommendations.

Transitional Housing: Short-term, transitional housing (up to 7 days in a semester) if you have been displaced or in an unsafe living environment. Apply here.

Short Term Loans: AS offers a 30-day, interest-free loan of up to $150 to eligible students. Short Term Loan applications are available from the Short Term Loans Program Administrator, in the AS Business Office on the second floor of the Student Center.

Lobo's Pantry: Access free food and hygiene supplies every week.

Additional SSU Resources

Emergency Basic Needs Intervention Program Receive emergency funds if you have an urgent need or are experiencing a crisis such as unexpected medical bills, housing insecurity, or car expenses. Your application will be reviewed by a committee and you will be contacted for more information if needed and recommendations on the next steps. Apply here. For any questions regarding emergency grants, contact Edie Brown.

Additional Local Resources

The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)

The Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC)

The California Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Sonoma County Food Resources

Sonoma County Housing Resources 

Marin County Housing Resources

Marin County Mental & Physical Health Resources