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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. ​Findings from the first phase were published in January 2016 and in June 2017, the CSU released guidance for researchers studying housing ​displacement and food insecurity among college students.

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

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 is still being planned, but you can find resources from the 2016 CSU Conference to Best Meet the Needs of Housing Displaced & Food Insecure Students here.​​

​​Learn More​​

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