Resources for Basic Needs Initiatives

This page serves as a repository for basic needs related resources and information.

  • March 10, 2021 - Trump's Public Charge Rule Permanently Blocked Nationwide. Summary: Trump's public charge rule is permanently blocked nationwide, finally ending a policy that has caused millions of immigrants to forego vital health and economic support services. Now, the Department of Homeland Security and USCIS will follow the 1999 field guidance. Under this policy, immigrants and their families can safely access CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and other programs for which they are eligible without harming their immigration status.
  • American Council on Education Webinar: Basic Needs for All Students - On June 11, 2020, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, leader of the #realCollege movement and best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in, higher education, will discuss the importance of basic needs and emergency aid for college and university students. Her recent report revealed that 68% of parenting students were housing insecure in the previous year, compared to 42% of students were housing insecure in the previous year. The pandemic has exasperated the crisis around basic needs.

    In an unprecedented move, the federal government granted higher ed with nearly $7B through the CARES Act to be used elusively for emergency aid for their students. Learn more about why granting emergency aid has always been important but is most especially critical today, along with strategies for how to assess basic needs and disburse funds. Dr. Goldrick-Rab will share why using an equity lens (to support all students, but especially DACA, students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and student parents) has a clear ROI for higher education.  

  • The California State University Student Well-Being and Basic Needs Initiative

  • In a remote environment, where students may be phsyically located away from their home campus, CSU campuses are committed to providing assistance to currently enrolled CSU students experiencing basic needs insecurity. Visit Virtual & Remote Basic Needs Support to CSU students for more information.

    CSU campuses work in partnership with several community organizations to help meet students' basic needs. As such, and recognizing that not all students are currently located close to a CSU campus and may be located closer to community-based organizations that provide basic needs support, students are encouraged to visit This free website is a reliable, holistsic, and user-friendly system designed to help individuals get connected to food, housing, transportation, and other resources. 

  • Sonoma State Basic Needs Strategic Plan 2025 (pdf)