The Basic Needs Office at Allan Hancock College acts as a resource hub to assist students experiencing basic needs insecurities in identifying and accessing support services on-campus and in the community. The efforts are in support of the CSU Chancellor's office Basic Needs Initiative model. All of these areas play a crucial role on the students mental and physical well being, assisting them with these necessities will help the students to best focus their attention on their academic and personal success.
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It's that time of year again-- Tax Season!
In partnership with Northern Santa Barbara County United Way, Allan Hancock
College will host clinics where low-income residents can receive FREE tax filing
assistance from certified IRS volunteers. Many filers receive $3,000 in tax credits!
The VITA Program is a free tax preparation service for local Santa Barbara County residents who make $57,000 or less a year. Tax returns are prepared and electronically filed by IRS-certified volunteers for qualified individuals or families. Tax preparation will take place from February 12th - May, 2022.
What are Basic Needs Insecurities?
Basic needs are the primary resources human beings need to survive. When an individual does not have these basic resources, their quality of life is significantly decreased. At its core, this includes food insecurity, housing insecurity, and homelessness, all of which directly correspond with financial well-being. At Allan Hancock College, we recognize students bring a multidimensional life to their college experience. For this reason, we emphasize a holistic approach that honors basic needs beyond food, shelter, & finances; we strive to connect students with services that not only assist in meeting these basic needs, but also connect them with resources to support their educational experience while at Allan Hancock College.
Services we are able to connect students with include:
- Books for Bulldogs & The Library
- Clothing Resources
- The Career Center
- CalFresh applications
- Food pantries
- Free menstrual products
- Local Homeless Shelters
- Affordable housing
- The Department of Social Services
- Local & government-subsidized rental assistance programs
- Low-cost childcare programs
- On-campus support services, such as Financial Aid, the Learning Assistance Program, EOPS, the Career Center, the Health Center, & more!
- Medi-Cal Applications & crisis counselors
- Emergency grants
If you or someone you know at Allan Hancock College is experiencing any type of financial hardship or basic need insecurity, use the contact information below to get in touch with someone to provide support. All members of the AHC community are welcome to Request Basic Needs Support for themselves or on behalf of a student.
Our office strives to incorporate an 8-dimensional wellness model to guide our practice. Basic needs sit at the foundation of our office, just as they act as the roots of The Wellness Tree. Learn more about our idea of wellness below!
The Basic Needs Initiative
office location: G-101
Looking for more comprehensive services? Contact the Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services or the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Social Services.