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Basic Needs

Learn About Food, Housing and Transportation Resources 

Explore Basic Needs 

Learn about services on and off campus that offer housing resources, food security programs and transportation access for students and students' families.

Discover Basic Needs Navigation Guide

Learn about resources and access for Basic Needs at SMC.

Connect to Basic Needs Student Support

Basic Needs offers a variety of ways to connect to on-campus and off-campus resources and support.

Basic Needs:  Contact Information

Students can request to see a Basic Needs counselor by completing the appointment request form available online! Visit the Basic Needs homepage and learn more about Basic Needs Program and resources. 

Phone: 310-434-3100


Basic Needs Program Website

Basic Need Program: Meet the Team

Basic Needs: Appointment Form


Basic Needs: Food Resources 

A Resource Specialist is available to meet with students virtually through zoom or by phone to address food security needs. Email: for questions and support.

SMC Food Resources

Community Food Banks & Resources

CalFresh Application

SMC Meal Project 2.0


Basic Needs: Housing Resources

The Los Angeles County CES (Coordinated Entry System) facilitates the coordination and management of resources for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. To access these housing resources, click on the links below for more information.

Off Campus Housing Resources

CES Access Center Directory

Safe Parking Resources

The Safe Parking programs provides vehicle dwellers with a safe and legal place to park and sleep at night and can be accessed by contacting or visiting a service provider in your area. 

Safe Parking LA



Basic Needs: Transportation Resources

Learn more about transportation options to get to and from campus, intercampus bus schedules, bike maps, SMC escort services and many more transportation resources for SMC students! 

Want a more personalized trip planner? Explore more options using It provides all options (bike, walk, transit, carpool, and car) in one screen, including costs, time, route maps, calories burned and CO2 emitted.​

SMC Big Blue Bus Map

SMC Intercampus Shuttle Schedule

Bike SMC

SMC Buses, Trains & GoPass

Thrive with Food Service Navigation Tools

Utilize these tools to successfully navigate Food Services.