Basic Needs Center

Welcome to the VC Basic Needs Center!

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Our mission is to provide students with the support programs and resources necessary to meet their basic needs, so students can focus on their academic success.  Ventura College is committed to providing an educational environment that fosters compassion and respect, welcomes diversity and supports students in various circumstances, including students experiencing housing and food insecurities.


What are Basic Needs?

Basic Needs refers to the food, stable housing, and wellness security of our students at Ventura College as well as community members. We have created support programs and resources that can assist our students in meeting their basic needs and promoting their academic success. Basic needs security has been shown to have a direct impact on the mental-emotional-physical health, wellness, academic performance, professional development, and holistic success of our students. The Ventura College Basic Needs Center looks to increase accessibility to food, housing, mental wellness along with financial resources.

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Basic Needs Pantry
homeless youth
Homeless Youth

How can we help? 

Complete the Student Interest Form and tell us what services you want more information about.  One of our staff will reach out to you with help.

basic needs drive thru
Mental Health Resources
Basic Needs Drive Thru Transportation
Transportation Resources


  • Basic Needs Drive Thru 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month

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The CalFresh student eligibility has been adjusted making it easier for more students to apply.

CalFresh Application Assistance Available

More students are now eligible to take advantage of $234 a month in grocery food cards.  Students with spouses or children may be eligible for more! Need help applying for CalFresh?  Come by our office or call for assistance. 

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