Basic Needs


The Basic Needs Center is open for in-person and online assistance.   

We are here and ready to help you!


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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How we can help VC students.

We offer both in person and online services to all Ventura College students! Get online assistance through a Zoom breakout room.

Mondays - 4pm - 6pm

Wednesdays 10am-12pm

Drop in during these dates and hours and receive assistance with CalFresh applications, housing referrals, and any of our other services.

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  • 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 join one of our video chat sessions and receive one-on-one assistance.  

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