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Basic Needs Coordinator
The basic needs coordinators at Citrus College provide 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 Alexis Silva at asilva@citruscollege.edu.

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.

  • Grocery Gift Card Grant
    Grocery gift cards are intended to support students who struggle with food insecurity. The program provides help to students with food purchases on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Hot Meal Program
    The Hot Meal grants are intended to provide hot meals for students who struggle with food insecurity. Eligible students will be given a gift card to the Owl Café, which is located on the lower level of the Handy Campus Center.

  • 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 Technology 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.

    • Chromebook Request: Chromebooks are intended to support students in the successful completion of courses while at Citrus College.

    • Technology Grant Application: Technology grants are intended to help students make a technology purchase at Best Buy, that will support their successful completion of courses while at Citrus College (receipts may be required).
  
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Amazing Educational Resources has compiled a comprehensive list of education companies offering free subscriptions.

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 phone@ifoster.org

Los Angeles County Library has many digital resources you can access 24/7, no matter where you are. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Don't have a library card? Sign up for a digital library card online that will give you access to all of the library's digital offerings, including ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, television, homework help, online classes, and more. Click here for more information.

If you are, or were previously, in foster care and need a laptop for remote learning, email One Simple Wish at info@onesimplewish.org

The Owl Success Hub: Remote Learning Study Skills offers study tips for students transitioning from a traditional classroom learning environment to remote online education from home.

  
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Please visit the financial aid website for information on applying for financial aid and disbursement information.

  
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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.

The Grocery Gift Card Grant program and the Hot Meal program provides help to students with food purchases on a first-come, first-served basis. These programs are intended to support students who struggle with food insecurity.

Download the WIN mobile app to easily get connected to resources near you. This application provides quick access to resources such as mental health services, shelter, crisis, food, drop-in centers, and much more. Receive alerts on your phone about jobs, get live assistance, and view real-time availability for beds at shelters.

Find a nearby food bank, shelter, medical services, and other essential resources at FindHelp.org

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 basic needs coordinator Alexis Silva at asilva@citruscollege.edu.

Depending on the length of the coronavirus crisis, students' finances may be deeply affected. Some students could be eligible for SNAP.

  
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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 https://www.coveredca.com

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.

  
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For information regarding services for individuals and households experiencing homelessness or at-risk of becoming homeless, please refer to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) website or call the hotline at (213) 225-6581.
Winter Shelter Hotline (24 hours): (800) 548-6047
I need emergency shelter: free transportation to and from the shelters by going to any of the pick-up locations.

Find a nearby food bank, shelter, medical services, and other essential resources at FindHelp.org

Union Station Homeless Services assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness with outreach, shelter, housing, and employment.

211 Directory is a free and confidential service that connects individuals with resources such as food, clothing, shelter, counseling, free legal advice, or medical care in their local area. Simply dial "211" from any landline or cell phone.

WIN Mobile App: Download the WIN app to easily get connected to resources near you. This application provides quick access to resources such as mental health services, shelter, crisis, food, drop-in centers, and much more. Receive alerts on your phone about jobs, get live assistance, and view real-time availability for beds at shelters.

Emergency Rental Assistance provides financial assistance to renters and landlords with unpaid rent caused by COVID-19.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides rental assistance, local public housing, rent relief resources, and housing rights.

The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) assists individuals experiencing homelessness and can help you enroll in General Relief, Grow, Medi-Cal, CalWorks, and CalFresh.

  
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For list of numerous resources, including therapy and counseling, visit the Citrus College Student Health Center.

National Suicide Prevention: Talk Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255) or visit the website for resources.

24-hour crisis/suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ: (866) 488-7386 or visit the website.

WIN Mobile App: Download the WIN app to easily get connected to resources near you. This application provides quick access to resources such as mental health services, shelter, crisis, food, drop-in centers, and much more. Receive alerts on your phone about jobs, get live assistance, and view real-time availability for beds at shelters.

  
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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.

  
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AT&T response to COVID-19

Charter Communications is offering eligible households monthly credit up to $50 for Spectrum internet.

Comcast is offering the Internet Essentials plan, which offers internet services to low-income households who qualify.

Verizon FAQs

  
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For more information on withdrawing from courses and receiving a refund, please visit the Dropping a Class as a Result of COVID-19 web page.

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