Food and Homeless Services

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"We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together" Bill Richardson

We all need support on our way to success. Ventura College is here for you. This page contains campus and community resources that may be helpful.


Visit the Basic Needs Office on campus to get assistance with access to free groceries, applying for CalFresh, housing, free student I.D card, free transportation and more. Call John Ruff: Call 805-289-6583 or email

Call 211 for information on all Ventura County resources

Interface Youth Outreach Hotline (Ages 12-21) - Call 805-469-5882 or click here for more information

PDF of all available Ventura County services for homeless in the West County


VC Financial Aid - Call 805-289-6369, email or click here for more information on assistance with financial resources for school, food, showers on campus and student ID

Ventura County -  Click here for financial and work resources in Ventura County


Get assistance signing up for Cal Fresh food stamps at the Basic Needs Office. 

Ventura College Food Pantry - Collect free grocery items at the food pantry in the cafeteria Monday - Thursday. 

Cal Fresh - Click here for assistance with food vouchers that you can use at most grocery stores, farmer's markets and food marts.

Food Share - Click here to see list of sites for free hot meals, food pantries that provide free grocery items and local farmer's markets that accept EBT cards.


Shelters & Housing

Year round shelters - Click here for list of available shelters in Ventura County 

RAIN - Call 805-385-7505 or Click here to see how you can get temporary housing and services to help you with transitioning out of homelessness 

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program - Call 805-385-1800 or click here for more information on how they can help.

Independent Living Program (former foster youth) - Call 805-654-3245 or click here for more information  

Mental Health Resources

VC Student Health Center - Click here for more information on free confidential counseling services on campus

Ventura County 24/7 Suicide Hotline - Call 877-727-4747

Free Mental Health Crisis 24/7 Text line - Text "courage" to 741741

Ventura County Mental health Services and Support - Call 866-998-2243

Tay Tunnel (For ages 18-25 ) - Call 805-240-2538 or click her for more information on free counseling and support

Medical & Dental Resources

Student Health Center -  Call 805-289-6346 or  click here for more information

Academic Medical Center - Call 805-652-6500 or click here for more information

Free Clinic of Simi Valley - Call 805-522-3733 for free medical and dental assistance. Click her for more information

Thousand Oaks Free Clinic - Call 805- 497-3575 for free medical and dental assistance. Click her for more information

Westminster Free Clinic - Call 805- 241-8366 for free medical and dental assistance. Click here for more information