Basic Needs Initiative

Critical to student success at Sonoma State University, the Basic Needs Initiative Program provides students who may be experiencing:

  • food insecurity
  • housing insecurity or are homeless
  • an emergency and/or a crisis 

with resources and services that remove barriers and empower students to persist and thrive in their educational journey toward academic success.

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.

Emergency Funds
Emergency Funds
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 experiencing a mental health crisis or is struggling with thoughts of self-harm.

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 Edie Brown at  For questions about Lobo's Food Pantry and CalFresh call (707) 664-4282 or contact Michaela Bietz at or 707-664-2782.