Basic Needs Coordinator
The basic needs coordinator at Citrus College provides crisis intervention, emergency referrals, manages the campus food pantries, and oversees emergency grant funds. Students experiencing food or housing insecurity can contact Citrus College Basic Needs Coordinator, Dunia Valladares, at
Basic Needs Grants
The college is making available the following resources to assist students in the successful completion of courses while attending Citrus College.
Applicants must have completed the FAFSA or California Dream Act application prior to applying for any of the basic needs grants.
Student Support Grant Application
Student support grants are intended to provide funds to help students with expenses that would otherwise prevent them from successfully completing courses at Citrus College. Students can only receive this grant once per academic year. Students who have already received the grant this academic year should NOT reapply.
- Technology Support Grants
Grants are intended to help students make a technology purchase that will support their successful completion of courses while at Citrus College. The technology grant is offered in the form of a Best Buy voucher or a Chromebook.
Students cannot receive both and can only receive the tech grant once during their time at Citrus College. Students that have already received the COVID-19 Technology Support Grant through the form of a $250 Best Buy technology voucher or a Chromebook should NOT reapply. Please only apply to one application and choose the one you feel will best support your needs. We will try our best to accommodate your request but cannot guarantee you will receive the resource you choose.
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iFoster is currently offering technology access to foster youth ages 13-24, which includes: free, unlimited high-speed data hotspots, headsets, and laptops to assist in taking online classes. For additional information on the resources call or email iFoster at (855) 936-7837 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you are, or were previously, in foster care and need a laptop for remote learning, email
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The Citrus College food pantry provides non-perishable items to those in need of food resources. All Citrus College students are eligible to access the food pantry at the Campus Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Find a nearby food bank at
Why Hunger hotline at (800) 5-HUNGRY
CalFresh is a monthly cash assistance program for food. You can buy groceries and fresh produce at participating stores and farmers markets.
Enroll for CalFresh online. If you need assistance applying to CalFresh, contact Alexis Silva, basic needs coordinator, at
Depending on the length of the coronavirus crisis, students' ﬁnances may be deeply affected. Some students could be
eligible for SNAP.
The State of California has announced that all health insurance plans are required to provide no-cost care to members seeking coronavirus testing, screening, or treatment.
Because of COVID-19, you or someone you know may be newly eligible due to job loss and can apply for Medi-Cal online at
For more information on how to keep your Medi-Cal during a pandemic visit
Health Consumer Alliance COVID-19.
Maternal and Child Health Access will assist individuals who have Medi-Cal but are experiencing issues accessing it. Call (213) 749-4261 and receive a call back within 24-48 hours from a blocked number.
Medi-Cal Eligibility information can be found on the
Department of Health Services COVID-19 Response page.
For those who may be worried about quarantining in a home where they do not feel safe, help is available from the
National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365 at @ndvh by chat or by calling their hotline at (800) 799-723.
Take extra steps to protect yourself and each other by taking precautions advised by the cdc.gov and alert youth and other members of our community to watch out for coronavirus treatment scams. For information, review the
Federal Trade Commission's Coronavirus Scams.
If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed, please contact Together We Rise -
firstname.lastname@example.org - and they will provide or help find housing.
U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self-storage to help college students who are currently housing insecure.
California Virtual Campus/Online Education Initiative provides
several tutorials for students to have success in the online environment.
The California Community Colleges have developed a
series of videos addressing the real challenges experienced by online students, new and experienced, while pursuing success in online classes.
Check out the
Owl Success Hub: Remote Learning Study Skills which offers study tips for students transitioning from a traditional classroom learning environment to remote online education from home.