Basic Needs

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Basic Needs refers to access to essential services that impact overall health and well-being. Basic needs resources include access to nutritious food, stable housing, healthcare, childcare, transportation, and financial resources.

If you are worried that a student may need support with their basic needs or financial stressors, you can submit a referral to the Student Assistance Center. Our staff will then reach out to provide support.

Learn about the Emergency Dean Fund and how the fund may help eligible students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of a temporary hardship related to an emergency.

Information regarding community resources is also available through United Way’s 211 Program.

More resources lists are also available from the University YMCA and the School of Social Work.

If you have any questions about accessing resources on campus or in the Champaign-Urbana community, please contact:

Katie Sissors Harmon, LCSW
Assistant Director for Basic Needs Coordination
(217) 333-0050

Resources by Category

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Food »

Resources to identify safe and nutritious food.

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Housing & Utilities »

Resources to help maintain safe and stable housing and utilities.

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Financial Assistance »

Resources to help with immediate and long-term needs, such as emergencies and employment.

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Healthcare »

Resources to identify medical, dental, or mental health treatment, including resources for securing health insurance and finding care providers.

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Childcare »

Resources to assist with accessing childcare.

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Transportation »

Resources to assist with transportation options in order to access vital services such as health care, social and nutritional services, jobs, as well as family and friends and stores.