Basic Needs Supports

Food, clothing, housing, legal, child-care, undocumented student support, other resources


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All-Gender Bathroom Locations

All Gender Bathroom locations on SBCC Campus

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Basic Needs Application / Emergency Grant Request

Opportunity to apply for emergency basic need grants and other basic need resources

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CalFresh Program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP)

CalFresh - The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can increase students’ food budgets and help put healthy and nutritious food on their table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits on a plastic card, called the Golden State Advantage Card, which can be used just like a debit card. Benefits allow students to purchase food items at most grocery stores and markets. The amount of benefits received is based on household size, income, and bills. Since this is a federally funded program, only permanent residents or citizens of the U.S. can qualify.

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CalWORKS (California Welfare Plan to Federal TANF)

CalWORKs is California's Welfare plan in response to the Federal TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) Program. The CalWORKs program allows participants who are receiving cash assistance to attend Santa Barbara City College (Cliff campus or non credit) for education and training with the goal of reaching self-sufficiency and increasing wage earning power.In addition to the services listed above, CalWORKs participants may be eligible for childcare, work study, needs based workshops, education and employment plans, transportation assistance and a cooperative relationship with the Department of Social Services.

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CARE Program (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education)

As a supplemental component of the EOPS program, The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program provides additional services for low-income, single parent students receiving cash aid. The goal of the CARE program is to assist single parent students to obtain the skills and education necessary to move from poverty to financial self-sufficiency. As a means of improving the educational outcomes for single parent students, CARE students are eligible for all EOPS support and services and in addition, may be eligible for transportation assistance, events and activities geared for student parents, parenting workshops and childcare assistance.

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Center for Equity and Social Justice (CESJ)

The Center for Equity and Social Justice (CESJ) strives to provide a safe and brave space for students of color, women, LGBT+, and other marginalized students on our campus. The CESJ partners with various academic departments, student support programs, and community service agencies to provide lectures, workshops, discussions, film screenings, spoken word, and art exhibits that explore issues of culture, belonging, power, oppression, and injustice in our community.

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Child Care (Orfalea Early Learning Center)

Santa Barbara City College offers full-time childcare for children ages six months to when they enter kindergarten. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Priority is given to full-time student parents who are income-eligible and enrolled in a vocational training program. The center also serves faculty and staff of the college if space is available. Located across the street from SBCC’s Cliff Campus at 365 Loma Alta Drive. Orfalea Early Learning Center is also a lab school program to meet the college’s Early Childhood Education teacher-training needs.

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Dream Center

Navigating college is a challenge for many students and undocumented students face even more complex legal, academic, career, and life hurdles. SBCC is committed to supporting undocumented students as they develop into the next generation of entrepreneurs, teachers, scientists, artists, and leaders in our community. The Dream Center is a resource for all undocumented and mixed status students in need of legal support, academic guidance, advocacy, and a space for belonging on campus.

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EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Service)

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded, educational support program designed to provide academic support, financial assistance, and encouragement for eligible, financially disadvantaged, and academically underprepared students enrolled full time (12 or more units) at SBCC. The goal of the EOPS program is to provide above and beyond support services to help students meet their educational goals; whether students seek an occupational certificate, Associate in Arts or Science degree or transfer to a four-year university.

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Find Your Ally

Every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of the month from 9 AM to 5PM. Services include: Adjustment of Status, Naturalization Applications, Immigration Eligibility Consultations, Family-based Immigration Applications, DACA Renewals and First-time Applications, Various Visas: T, U, & Special Immigrant Juvenile, Background Checks and FOIA Requests/Reviews...and so much more!

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Food Pantry Program and Emergency Food Distribution

The Food Pantry is open to all SBCC students, staff, and faculty experiencing food insecurity or hunger. The Pantry is located in the colorfully painted portables on East Campus next to ECC-6. The Food Pantry hosts a fun filled "Food Share" on the West Campus Lawn. The event is open to ALL students, staff, and faculty and offers a wide array of food items free of charge. In addition, a large number of student support services table at this event to offer guidance related to scholarships, academic planning, and support programs.

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Guardian Scholars (current and former foster youth and AB12)

The Guardian Scholars program is a comprehensive support program through EOPS for current and former foster youth and AB12 (extended foster care) students. Guardian Scholar students are also eligible for all EOPS support and services and in addition may be eligible may for additional grants, transportation assistance, events and activities geared for former foster youth, workshops and childcare assistance.

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As a service to those students living away from home, the Office of Student Life (Campus Center, Room 217) maintains listings of available rooms, apartments, and room and board options within the community (also available in the Housing website). The office also provides handouts with information on available rentals, privately owned residence halls and rental strategies. The college, however, assumes no responsibility for inspecting or supervising such housing facilities. It does support and endorse the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

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Parenting Resources

Learn more about resources available to our student parent campus community.

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Tiffany's Closet

Free clothing on campus for students made possible by community donation

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SBCC Luria Library Guide for Services Relating to Students Experiencing Hunger or Homelessness

This guide provides recommended resources for research and services related to students experiencing hunger or homelessness.

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