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Basic Needs Programs


The Basic Needs Center at SBCC is a centralized hub that helps you navigate challenges you may be facing. We strive to build awareness about food insecurity, healthy nutrition, CalFresh, Financial Aid, and other resources in a dignified and helpful environment.

We work in partnership with the Food Bank of Santa Barbara and the SB County Food Action Network Higher Education Basic Needs Impact Group to improve the nutritional health and food security of our campus community.

Basic Needs Center 
Location: East Campus, Room: ECC-14 
Email: basicneeds@sbcc.edu
Phone: (805) 730-3067

Intersession 2024 Hours
Monday - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. * Food Pantry closed for restock 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tuesday - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday -10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Friday - Remote Services

*The Basic Needs Center is closed during holidays.

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Introducing Basic Needs Support at the click of a button!

The Santa Barbara City College Basic Needs Center is excited to partner with TBH: a virtual one-stop-shop for all your basic needs!!  Through TBH, students can immediately identify critical benefits they are eligible for (e.g. CalFresh, CalWorks, etc.), get live case support from a TBH virtual Care Navigator, apply for benefits, and get connected with an SBCC Basic Needs Care Navigator for in person meetings.

The best part? Support services are available around the clock ⌛, from the comfort of your mobile device 📱, 365 days a year 🗓️. No wait times or waitlists.

**Here’s what TBH can help you with:**

  • Government benefits (e.g. CalFresh, CalWORKs, WIC, etc.)
  • Local resources (food pantries, community centers, etc.)
  • Housing
  • Health insurance
  • Mental health

📌 **Signing up is easy. Get started today with a few simple steps:**

  1. Visit basic-needs.info/SBCC 
  2. Log in using your SBCC credentials
  3. Complete a benefit screener (expect so spend about ~10 mins on filling out your info)
  4. Connect with a virtual Care Navigator at a time that fits your schedule

Our Programs

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Emergency Aid 

We recognize that unexpected circumstances can create financial hardships. Our Basic Needs Center provides emergency aid to those facing crisis situations, offering temporary support to help overcome these challenges.

*Application will open Summer 2024*

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CalFresh is a federally funded food nutrition assistance program that can help applicants buy the food they need to live healthy and active lifestyles. 

Check your eligibility and apply by emailing basicneeds@sbcc.edu or calling (805) 730-3066 to schedule an appointment.

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Food Pantry

The Food Pantry invites current SBCC students experiencing food insecurity regardless of income. Visit the Food Pantry at the Basic Needs Center and pick up FREE fresh produce, canned goods, pasta, dry grains, drinks, on-the-go snacks, and toiletries.

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Hot Showers

Hot showers is a referral program that grants you access to hot showers on campus for those in need. Visit the BNC in ECC-14 for a referral.

Housing Resources

Housing Resources

Learn about the Housing Resources in Santa Barbara with the Basic Needs Center and Ameri-Corps: Home for Good every Thursday 11am - 1pm in ECC-14.


Low-Cost Auto Insurance

California’s Low-Cost Auto (CLCA) Insurance program helps good drivers that are income eligible afford auto insurance that meets the state’s financial responsibility laws. Each policy provides liability coverage for the vehicle’s primary driver and eligible secondary drivers. Each individual car owner may buy separate policies to insure up to two vehicles, per person under this program.

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Solar power chargers are available for students' experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.


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Contact Information

Alondra Lazaro Gonzalez, B.A.   
Student Program Advisor, Basic Needs Center
Phone: (805) 730-3066
Email: alazarogonzalez@pipeline.sbcc.edu
Miguel A. Cruz, B.A.   
Coordinator, Basic Needs Center
Phone: (805) 730-4007
Email: macruz4@pipeline.sbcc.edu
Roxane Byrne, Ph.D.
Director, Student Equity and Engagement Programs • Student Equity Programs
Phone: (805) 730-4199
Email: rmbyrne@sbcc.edu

Make a Gift

The SBCC Basic Needs Center is partially funded by a Grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through California Climate Investments.
The SBCC Basic Needs Center is also funded by the CCCCO Hunger-Free Campus Initiative, the SBCC Foundation, and generous donations from campus and community members.

If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the SBCC Basic Needs Program please click here: https://www.sbccfoundation.org/give-where-most-needed/.

To ensure the gift is directed to the SBCC Basic Needs Center please select "Use my donation where it is needed most" from the drop-down menu and type "Basic Needs Center" into the "Other Gift Instructions" section.  If you have any questions about donating to the SBCC Basic Needs Center please contact the SBCC Foundation at (805) 730-4401 or email info@sbccfoundation.org.