Basic needs include food, housing, and assistance with utilities. Please use this website to navigate local resources, if you're an on-campus students, or if you you're an online student, use the Resources Beyond Central Louisiana section of each topic to find support near you.
Two general resources are recommended to anyone seeking assistance with food, housing, or utilities. First, try the United Way’s 211 program. Simply call 211 to be connected to a local United Way agency that can direct you to services in your community. Second, you can check your eligibility for a number of government-provided benefits here. The results of this 10-30 minute questionnaire will include a list of services you may qualify for as well as where to apply for them.
Basic needs include food, housing, mental health, and financial resources, among others. Student basic needs security is critical for ensuring strong academic performance, persistence and graduation, and overall student wellbeing.
Issues of food and housing insecurity can come with a significant amount of stigma. If a student does disclose that they are facing these challenges, you have several options to offer support. You can refer them directly to Student Engagement, complete a CARES: Student of Concern Form, or share this webpage with them.
*Adopted and adapted from the Rutgers University Department of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships.