Basic Needs Initiative

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

Sonoma State Basic Needs Strategic Plan 2025 (pdf)


SSU Food Resources

On-campus and community free food resources. Lobo's Pantry.

campus housing
Emergency Housing Resources

Emergency housing resources on campus and in the community.

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Emergency Cash

Check here for emergency cash and loan programs on campus.

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Mental Health Programs
Learn how you can help someone who may be suicidal.

SSU Career Closet
Dial 2-1-1

for essential community services.

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Medical Services
Resources for local medical and dental services.

Lucy Statue in front of SSU Library
Immigration Assistance
Resources for undocumented students.

mobile shower
Mobile Showers
Check here for locations of mobile showers.


Donation Box
Support Our Students
Online giving to help a Seawolf experiencing basic needs challenges.


For questions about available Basic Needs resources, please contact or call (707) 664-4282 for CalFresh questions, or contact Michaela Bietz for all other questions at or 707-664-2782.