SJSU Cares is here to provide assistance when you need it most. We provide resources and services for SJSU students facing an unforseen financial crisis. If you’re having trouble paying for food, housing or other bills, face homelessness, food insecurity, etc.
SJSU Cares Student Crisis Support Fund
If you know someone who would like to contribute to the SJSU Cares Student Crisis Support Fund, please have them donate.
Weekly Drop-In Hours
Are you homeless or at risk of becoming homeless soon?
Currently enrolled & living in an unsafe environment and have nowhere else to go?
You may be eligible for the Rapid Rehousing, a housing assistance program in partnership with the Bill Wilson Center.
No student should ever go hungry. This full service walk-in pantry offers perishable goods, fresh produce, and refrigerated goods at SJSU.
Get help applying for CalFresh, which provides a monthly cash supplement loaded onto a debit card to use for buying groceries.
Learn how you can donate unused meals from your campus meal plan to help other students.
SJSU President Mary Papazian
“No discussion of student success is complete without addressing the basic needs of our students. As I know you are all aware there continues to be challenges facing our region as well as our nation as a whole around affordable housing and the high cost of living" — Spring State of the University Address, 04.08.2019
You can help support SJSU Cares by donating food and toiletries, donating money, volunteering your time, or helping spread the word by giving a presentation.
SJSU Basic Neeeds Survey
In February 2021 the campus commenced its first holistic basic needs survey of students. The survey is now closed and our team is working on data analysis. Broad summary results will be shared with the campus community. Identifiable individual responses are not shared with other campus offices or government agencies. Thank you to all who were able to take the survey.
COVID-19 Related Off-Campus Resources
We've assembled some off-campus self-help resources [PDF] to assist with basic needs in a time where some SJSU students might be looking for additional support.
100 Days Challenge brings additional support for homelessness
SJSU Cares worked with the Bill Wilson Center (BWC) in a joint 100 Days Challenge in collaboration with Santa Clara County organizations to make a greater impact to reduce homelessness. During the time of the Challenge the county helped house or keep housed 134 college-engaged youth. If you need assistance, the help is still out there.
Get assistance for someone in need
Whether you need financial assistance yourself or are concerned about a friend or student, please submit a Request for Assistance [form] from SJSU Cares.