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Basic Needs


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 success.

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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 multi-dimensional 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:

  • CalFresh applications
  • Food pantries
  • 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!
  • Behavioral wellness resources & 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.

Contact Information

Mary Sherman
Basic Needs Director, ext. 3011 

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Santa Maria Campus

Santa Maria Campus

800 South College Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454
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Lompoc Valley Center

Lompoc Valley Center

One Hancock Drive
Lompoc, CA 93436
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Santa Ynez Valley Center

2975 East Hwy 246 (SYVHS)
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
1-805-922-6966 ext. 3355
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Santa Maria Campus

Vandenberg SFB Center
641 Utah Ave, Bldg. 13640, Rm. 216
Vandenberg Space Force Base, CA 93437, 1-805-734-3500

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