Basic Needs

Welcome to the Basic Needs community at Diablo Valley College. Basic Needs are the conditions and resources you need to survive and thrive. These conditions and resources can include, but are not limited to food, housing, clothing, financial, and access to wellness and mental health services.

Our mission is to help you with information and resources on:

  • food pantries and support programs,
  • affordable temporary and permanent housing solutions, and
  • physical health, wellness and mental health services.

We are committed to supporting the basic needs of our students during the COVID-19 advisory. We know this is a challenging time for many students in need. While our physical campuses are closed, we are open virtually. Have a question? Email the Basic Needs staff

Covid-19 Emergency Grant

Are you facing unexpected expenses as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to remote classes and services? If so, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant! Students enrolled for summer 2020 can apply for a one-time $500 grant to help with books, supplies, housing, food, transportation, technology needs, health care, child care and other costs. Don’t let a financial emergency keep you from completing your educational goals at DVC! Funds are limited! Apply now!

Resources and services


Food Resources

Find local food pantries and support programs.

Housing Resources

Find local housing and shelter resources.

Health Resources

Find local health, wellness and mental health services.


DVC Career Closet 

The DVC Career Closet enhances students' career readiness and boosts confidence by providing free professional attire and educational programming.

Notice: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Career Closet is closed while we prioritize community health and safety. Appointments and donation drop-offs will be available again when the college resumes normal operations.
For more information, visit the Career Closet online or email the Career and Transfer Center.

HOPE/DVC survey data (2018-2019)
  • 41% of DVC students reported low or very low food security.
  • 60% of students reported being housing insecure.
  • 20% of students experienced homelessness.
  • The intersections of food security, housing security, and homelessness among DVC students. 
  • Hope Survey results 2019

Other resources