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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 click on "Make an Appointment" button. 

Basic Needs Program Website




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



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 you must visit a CES "Access Point." Listed below are the local Access Points closest to SMC:

Safe Place for Youth

Serves ages 18 to 24.

2469 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, 90291

Access Center Hours
Tuesday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Outreach and Engagement Team: 310-895-4655
Vanessa Rodriquez:

The People Concern

Serves ages 25+

Administrative Headquarters
2116 Arlington Ave., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

For general inquiries, email

If you are homeless and looking for services, call 310-450-4050.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and looking for services, call the 24-Hour Hotline: 310-264-6644.

St. Joseph Center 

Serves ages 25+

204 Hampton Drive
Venice, CA 90291
Phone: 310-396 6468

Business Hours
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Non-urgent Community Concerns or Questions: 

24-hour call center for non-urgent community concerns: 310-358-2835

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

Explore your alternatives using SMC's personalized trip planner. It provides all options (bike, walk, transit, carpool, and car) in one screen, including costs, time, route maps, calories burned and CO2 emitted.​

*Some of the transportation options are provided by third parties and not regulated by SMC. Some may involve you signing legal agreements. You should carefully review the agreements and ensure that the option you select is appropriate for you. 

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!

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.