Survey participants described best practices from their college or other CCCs for supporting students’ basic needs.
Health & Wellness ResourcesThese health and wellness resources are an extensive, curated collection of tools and resources. The library includes external resources as well as resources that were developed under CCC Health & Wellness or submitted by the colleges. Search by keyword, topic, and/or audience.
In Fall 2017, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) conducted a survey of the CCC system to learn what supports are available to help with students’ basic needs, such as food and housing. Survey respondents provided information about campus … read more
California Community Colleges Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Guidebook – Includes SNAP Application and Staple Food Guidelines
College student hunger is a pressing concern. Many CCC students are eligible for federal and state benefits programs, such as CalFresh, that can help them afford food and other necessities. Colleges can help by becoming EBT retailers, so that students … read more
This resource was developed based on the Fall 2017 California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) Basic Needs Survey. This spreadsheet includes survey respondents’ links to pages on their campus website where students can access food, housing, and essentials such as … read more
Each of the CCCs has at least one FYSI Liaison to support students transitioning from foster care. This CCCCO webpage provides a listing of all FYSI Liaisons.
This primer is designed to guide Homeless Youth Liaisons in their work. It also provides a starting point for faculty and staff to support students in California’s community colleges who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Information includes … read more
Survey participants gave the names and contact information of their campus Homeless Youth Liaison(s), whose role is to help students experiencing homelessness access financial aid and other resources.
Many CCC campuses are engaging in innovative and collaborative efforts to support students experiencing food or housing insecurity. This infographic provides a brief overview of basic needs challenges that CCC students face. It also lists a wide array of strategies … read more
This fact sheet explains how unmet basic needs are detrimental to students’ mental health and academic success. It describes the extent of the problem in the CCCs and provides innovative strategies that campuses can implement.
Are you looking for mental health services and counseling at your CCC? Are you hoping to find out what services are offered across the CCC system? This spreadsheet lists the mental health services webpage for each CCC. Updated May 2018.
2018–19 Student Expenses and Resources Survey: Initial Insights An Initial Look at the Obstacles Students Face Affording Higher Education
The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), along with its partners the College Futures Foundation and Mathematica, has reinstated the triennial Student Expenses and Resources Survey (SEARS) in 2018-19, that sampled 150,000 California college students from all segments of higher education … read more
Behind the Asterisk*: Perspectives on Young Adult Mental Health from “Small and Hard-to-Reach” Communities
Behind the Asterisk*: Perspectives on Young Adult Mental Health from “Small and Hard-to-Reach” Communities draws from the lived experiences of marginalized youth and young adults living in poverty. Their voices are the driving force behind our policy recommendations and serve … read more
This guide provides information and resources for faculty at colleges and universities to set up and successfully run their own emergency aid programs, including information on the FAST Fund model as one successful example of how faculty-run programs work.
Beyond the Food Pantry: Spreading the Word – Supporting Students’ Basic Needs with a Syllabus Statement
The persistent underutilization of campus support services is a challenge facing institutions wishing to support students’ basic needs. Campus food pantries and emergency aid programs, for example, tend to serve only a small fraction of food-insecure students on campus. While … read more
This brief, the first in the Beyond the Food Pantry series, explains how advocates can support students by increasing access to SNAP.
Each year the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development directs over $380 million to California to address homelessness via 38 local Continuums of Care (CoCs). CoCs coordinate local providers working to combat homelessness, yet there is too often a … read more
Through funding from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), a generous gift from the Kroger Foundation, and a partnership with CSU Chico’s Center for Healthy Communities, the Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation) is working to raise awareness and … read more
With the launch of the Homeless Youth Handbook, advocates and California youth who are unhoused, precariously housed, or transitioning out of homelessness have gained a major new set of legal resources. A multi-year, multi-state pro bono initiative by Baker McKenzie … read more
California’s Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council White Paper Addressing College Student Homelessness
The paper recommends investing in rapid rehousing programs, college-focused bridge housing, and other housing interventions targeting homeless students; creating incentives for homeless coordinated entry systems to co-locate on college campuses; including representatives from post-secondary education on the HCFC advisory board; … read more
The purpose of this All County Letter (ACL) is to provide County Welfare Departments (CWDs) with additional clarification on current CalFresh student eligibility rules, key definitions, and an expanded list of programs that qualify a student for an exemption from … read more