Basic Needs Partnerships

​$15 Million

The CSU requests $15 million in state funds for Basic Needs Partnerships. The CSU began a systemwide initiative in 2015 to provide a framework for the CSU's 23 campuses to take a more coordinated approach to developing programs and strategies that support students experiencing food and housing insecurity and overall health and safety challenges. CSU leaders across the system have committed to enhancing and developing resources for students experiencing challenges to address a portion of their basic needs so that students can remain on track to achieving their college degree.

These strategies include increasing CalFresh outreach and application assistance, on-campus food distribution programs, emergency housing options, and crisis loans and grant awards, as well as new and renewed partnerships with nonprofit and governmental entities that provide direct services to students. Every student who attends CSU should be afforded the opportunity to focus on their studies and not find themselves excessively preoccupied with hunger or homelessness.

From all sources, campuses are investing over $91 million on these student supports and services. Since 2017-18, the state has provided $22 million in one-time funding to help address mental health needs and housing and food insecurity, and $6.5 million in recurring funding for rapid rehousing programs. As in prior years, awards will be distributed by the Chancellor’s Office to campuses to expand existing efforts to diminish student hunger, raise awareness of services currently offered on campus, and develop practices and procedures to provide additional assistance to students in need. A key feature of these efforts will be to build and sustain partnerships with community and governmental partners.

The CSU continues to work to destigmatize students’ use of basic needs goods and services so that struggling students can comfortably turn to campuswide supports for help. Through ongoing training and engagement, faculty and staff will be better positioned to support on-campus efforts and refer students to appropriate resources on- and off-campus. The CSU will continue to identify sustainable solutions for students and pilot a variety of emergency housing programs systemwide. There is also a need to increase prevention and health promotion programs, services for early identification and intervention and outreach campaigns to destigmatize utilization of basic needs and mental health services.​