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Basic Needs Initiative

The CSU is committed to the success of all 484,000 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 is Supporting Housing Displaced and Food Insecure Students

The CSU is a national leader in studying the prevalence of food and housing insecurity as well as identifying and implementing solutions to support students’ basic needs.

Action Report: CSU Activities for Students Facing Food and Housing Insecurity

Since the release of the findings from the Phase 1 snapshot study on CSU students’ food and housing insecurity, all 23 CSU campuses have taken a number of actions to address students’ basic needs, particularly food and housing. This report highlights these specific actions.(Released February 2018)

Phase 2: CSU Research Study of Student Basic Needs
Released in February 2018, findings from this comprehensive CSU research study reinforce the findings from the 2015 Phase 1 snapshot study on the prevalence of food and housing insecurity amongst CSU students.

White Paper: Research 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.
(Released October 2017)

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 was held on February 7-8, 2018, and 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

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