Chico State Basic Needs Project

Short-Term Emergency Housing

Do you have unstable housing? Unsafe living situation? Homeless? Continual couch surfing or sleeping in your car?

We provide assistance for with:

  • Short-term (1-14 day) emergency housing
  • Emergency housing referral services
  • Off campus housing advising and transitional housing support

Application for Assistance

If you find yourself in an emergency situation and need immediate assistance contact the University Police, 530-898-5555.

If you find yourself in an unstable or unsafe housing situation contact the Basic Needs Project, 530-898-4099 or call Student Affairs 530-898-6131.

What is Emergency Housing?

To support student basic needs and academic success, the Emergency Housing Program assists eligible Chico State students experiencing displacement or homelessness with short-term housing assistance (1-14 days) through University Housing and housing partners. Off campus housing advising and transitional housing assistance is also available for those in unstable housing situations. The Emergency Housing Program is sponsored by the Basic Needs Project and made possible through the generous support of donors.

Displacement or Homelessness Examples:

  • Unexpected economic challenge leading to homelessness
  • Displacement due to unsafe, unhealthy or unpredictable living conditions
  • Unpredictable change in financial pendency


  • Must be in an unexpected housing crisis (see examples above)
  • Must be a currently enrolled and/or matriculated CSU, Chico undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must not owe any registration and tuition fees or other debt to the University
  • Must have been awarded all appropriate grant and loan sources of financial aid
  • Must be able to specifically document the nature of the housing crisis and the urgent financial situation.
  • Must be willing to work to develop and implement a mutually agreed upon action plan with University staff, which may include basic needs counselors from Student Affairs, Financial Aid & Scholarship, Student Financial Services, Academic Advising and other on and off-campus resources to improve financial sustainability.
  • Must have completed the FAFSA, (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or CADAA (California Dream Act Application).
  • Must be actively pursuing part-time employment and all other means of self-support, if currently unemployed but able to work.

Not Eligible for Emergency Housing Support

  • If you have not exhausted your financial aid eligibility (grants and loans).
  • If you have lost your job, but are eligible to collect unemployment insurance (unless you can document unexpected unmet need).
  • If you need it to pay for expected or planned housing expenses (e.g., deposits or rent for long-term housing).