Shelter Resources

Basic Needs Rent Assistance Fund

The Basic Needs Program Rent Assistance Fund is made possible by CARES funding to support those who were affected by COVID-19 experiencing financial hardships. This funding provides limited financial assistance to students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an emergency situation such as COVID-19. Average award amounts range from $1,000-$3,500 per student per year. For more information, visit the Rent Assistance Fund page.

Short-Term Emergency Housing

CSUDH has a short-term emergency housing program that is designed to provide students who are experiencing housing insecurities and/or displacement with temporary University Housing Services. For more information on the program, visit our Short-Term Emergency Housing page.


211 LA County

211 LA County provides access to comprehensive social services and disaster support for L.A. County residents. 211 LA's innovative programs are examples of the best practices in assessing, coordinating and integrating the health and human services.  With one phone call, clients are directly screened and connected with the services they need for themselves or their children, including shelters, meals, autism screening, veterans' services, substance abuse programs, health care, mental health services, and access to jobs.


Los Angeles County Housing Resources 

Nearest Office Location:
LA County Department of Social Services
17600 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Compton, CA 90221
Phone: (310) 761-2000
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Los Angeles County Housing Resources Decision Matrix [PDF]
The Decision Matrix shows various options for housing different needs and circumstances.

Los Angeles County Coordinated Entry System (CES) Access Point Directory [PDF]
CES ensures that the most vulnerable households in the community are prioritized for services.


South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness Local Resource Guides

The South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness has developed three pocket guides that provide contact information on a variety of services, including housing, alcohol & drug recovery programs, free meals, free groceries, laundry services, health care, mental health services, teen & youth services, public agency contacts, emergency services, and more.


PATH and South Bay Cities   

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments has partnered with PATH to reach out to people living on the streets, link them to services, and help them move off the streets and into permanent homes.

If you need to speak to someone right away, dial 211. This will put you in contact with a county worker who will provide assistance with emergency shelter, groceries, transitional shelter/housing, and more.


Other Resources:

Discounted Phone Services

The California LifeLine Program (California LifeLine) is a state program that provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to eligible households. The California LifeLine discounts help consumers lower the cost of their phone bills. Only one discount per household is allowed (except for teletypewriter users and for Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program participants).


Legal Services

A number of organizations offer their legal services to CSUDH students. Download a Legal Service Providers [PDF] list.