Chico State Basic Needs Project

Basic Needs Housing

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

Contact Chico State Basic Needs by filling out the easy
Application for Assistance

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

What is Basic Needs Housing?

To support student basic needs and academic success, the Basic Needs Housing assists eligible Chico State students experiencing displacement, unsafe housing, potential homelessness (eviction) or homelessness with:

  • Short-term (1-14 day) emergency housing
  • Basic needs referral and homeless prevention services
  • Off campus housing and rental market advising
  • Transitional, rapid re-housing and permanent housing assistance
  • Cased managed basic needs grants and rental assistance
  • Financial wellness and housing market literacy

Displacement or Homelessness Examples:

  • Unexpected economic challenge or disaster leading to homelessness
  • Displacement due to unsafe, unhealthy or unpredictable living condition
  • Not residing at a permanent address. Lack of a formal rental agreement
  • Unsafe couch surfing, living in a car or places that are not intended for housing
  • Unpredictable change in financial situation leading to displacement or homelessness


  • Must be in an unexpected housing crisis (see examples above)
  • Must be a currently enrolled CSU, Chico undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must not owe any non-negotiated registration and tuition fees or other debt to the University.
  • Must utilize all appropriate grant and funding sources from 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, WellCat Counseling Center and other on and off-campus resources to improve financial sustainability.
  • If applicable, must have completed the FAFSA, (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), CADAA (California Dream Act Application), or equivalent. Note: Homeless, former foster, and unaccompanied homeless youth have financial aid access rights and are strongly encouraged to contact Basic Needs for additional support with financial aid applications
  • If appropriate, 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 additional financial aid and/or grant eligibility.
  • 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 that could have been budgeted for.