Housing Assistance

As a student, you may find yourself unexpectedly homeless if you lack stable, regular and adequate housing. You may be homeless if you are living in shelters, parks, motels or cars, or temporarily couch-surfing with other people because you have nowhere else to go. 

If you are living in any of these situations because you are fleeing an abusive parent or guardian, you may be considered homeless even if they would provide support and a place to live. Or you may have an unexpected eviction, fire or other disaster where you are living. 

An SJSU student was fearing eviction as she was nearing the end of her degree. A crucial step in her Financial Aid process meant a potential delay in her loans being released. After contacting SJSU Cares and meeting with a case manager, she was able to coordinate with the Financial Aid Office. Her aid was released in time for her to pay her rent and remain securely housed in her apartment. The student successfully finished her semester and remains on track to finish her Bachelor's degree according to her education and career plans.

Housing insecurity is a real issue in Silicon Valley. Please contact SJSU Cares if you are in an emergency situation!

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Temporary Emergency Housing - Any currently enrolled matriculating student who is experiencing housing insecurity is eligible for two nights (and up to 28 nights) of temporary emergency housing on campus. Designed for students who do not have a safe & stable place to sleep tonight while we engage with them on next step planning.

Rapid Rehousing Program - The Rapid Rehousing Program is a partnership with the Bill Wilson Center that provides additional case management and fiscal support to eligible students who may be facing housing insecurity. Designed for students who are unhoused, at risk of losing their place. Can provide multiple months of tiered off housing assistance.  This is a State funded pilot program with a planned ending June 30, 2023.


Community Referrals - Case Managers can engage you in a discussion if a connection to a community-based resource might be advantageous. These can be beneficial for students who might transition out of student status, not live local to SJSU, and/or have other elements of their situation that align with a provider's specialty.