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Basic Needs Initiative

The CSU is committed to the success of all 479,000 students within the 23-campus system. This means tackling barriers to student success both inside ​and outside the classroom, including food and housing insecurity.​


CSU Research on Housing Displaced and Food Insecure Students

In February 2015, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White commissioned a study to shed light on students’ food and housing insecurity. 

Phase 1: Serving Displaced and Food Insecure S​tudents in the CSU
The CSU Study of Basic Needs: Qualitative and Quantitative Instruments

Released in January 2016, findings from Phase 1 confirmed anecdotal feedback that CSU students are facing housing displacement and food insecurity. Additionally, students experiencing food and/or housing instability reported higher levels of stress.

Researching Basic Needs in Higher Education
This guide is designed to support the replication of the study and professional collaboration, with the ultimate goal of helping to ensure the success of students experiencing basic needs insecurity. The guide describes instruments from both Phase 1 and Phase 2.

More ​Research​​

Studies on student food insecurity and hunger, and housing displacement and homelessness are being done at the CSU and at universities across the country.​​

​​Explore the Resear​ch

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​​The 2018 conference will be held on February 7-8, 2018, and will be hosted by Sacramento State.​​

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Campu​s Resources

A number of CSU​ ​campuses offer housing resources and food pantries for students, as well as other ways to find meals.

See​ Campus Programs

How to Help

There are a variety of ways to donate to a campus or to the CSU system to reach students who need help.​

Give ​Through CSU Cares

About Us

Faculty and staff across the CSU are working to understand and better meet students’ basic needs.

​Meet the Advisory Comm​ittee