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HUnger and Homelessness awareness Week, Basic Needs Resource Week events, sign up below

Off-Campus Housing for Graduate Students (Virtual)

Monday, November 15th, 2021

2 pm - 3:00 pm

Virtual, link provided with registration.

This will be a virtual seminar to learn about off-campus housing geared to SDSU graduate students, and open to any student. This seminar will discuss the process and logistics of searching for apartments, cost expectations, and navigating housing resources that are available for students.

Registration link:

Basic Needs Resource Fair 

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

10 am - 2 pm

Aztec Student Union

Visit different tables to stay informed about on- and off-campus resources regarding food and housing, as well as those supporting student well-being and financial education. Also, stop by the CalFresh Day set-up nearby to find out your eligibility for the CalFresh program and enroll on the spot!



Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 

10 am - 11 am  for Staff / Faculty
11:45 am - 12:45 pm for Students

Classroom LA-3, SDSU Imperial Valley Campus

Come meet the folks from the Economic Crisis Response Team and learn about all of the resources available to students in Imperial Valley for food, housing, financial support, and more! 

Registration Link:

Housing Webinar: Understanding Homelessness (Virtual)

Thursday, November 18th, 2021 

1 pm - 2:30 pm

Join this housing workshop to gain more awareness about housing insecurity among students and the resources available to them. Featured guest speakers from different housing resources will be present as well.

Registration link:


CalFresh Day

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

10 am - 2 pm

Aztec Student Union

CalFresh is a federally provided financial assistance program that helps families and individuals purchase nutritious foods.

Students can meet with a CalFresh representative to find out their eligibility for CalFresh. Stop by the Basic Needs Resource Fair for additional available food resources!

A.S. Food Pantry & Mobi Cooking Demo

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 

Meet us at in front of the Calpulli Center

  • 12 pm: Walk to A.S. Food Pantry
  • 1 pm : Mobi Cooking Demo

Meet us at in front of the Calpulli Center
Meet up with ECRT team members and walk to the A.S. Food Pantry to pick up free food, be sure to bring your student Red ID! Then, engage in a cooking demonstration provided by the Mobile Demonstration Kitchen (Mobi) using common A.S. Food Pantry ingredients. You can come to one or both parts of the event!

Registration link:

ECRT Advocate Training (Virtual)

Friday, November 19th, 2021

9 am - 11:30 am

Virtual, link provided with registration.

Participate in the ECRT Advocate Training to be informed on the resources available for students regarding their food, housing, financial, and technology needs.

This is a 2.5 hour training that provides trainees certificates of Advocate Training completion. All students, staff and faculty are welcome! 

Registration Link:



ecrt logo with text - are you a student in an immediate economic crisis? 

  • Did something unexpected happen causing you to need food or housing immediately?
  • Are you only eating once a day because you don't have enough money to buy food?
  • Are you struggling to find a safe, stable place to sleep?


We want to help you find the assistance you need!

The Economic Crisis Response Team can help any SDSU student connect with resources, both on and off campus, to help get you through your immediate food, housing, or financial crisis. Students can request assistance from ECRT using the form button below. or by emailing [email protected].

After you submit the form, you will receive an email from ECRT with resources and next steps for assistance. Within 72 business hours, an ECRT staff member will be in contact with you regarding your specific situation and the information you provided on the assistance form. If possible, please add the coordinator’s emails below to your contact list, or frequently check your spam folder.  


Please click on the button below to request assistance for an immediate food, housing, or other financial crisis.


Request Assistance

 We also encourage you to explore the resources included on this site. Please note that we cannot guarantee the timeliness or type of response a student may receive from any outside source being referenced on this site.  

Resources for Students in
Economic Crisis


Donate to ECRT




Become an ECRT Advocate!

This 2.5 hour virtual training teaches faculty, staff, and students:

  • How to be an advocate for students' basic needs
  • A working understanding of basic needs and basic needs services at SDSU
  • What ECRT does and how students can access it

Register for ECRT Advocate Training


Want an ECRT Presentation?

Request an ECRT presentation for your class, campus group, or department to learn more about our services.

Request an ECRT Presentation

During the academic year, the A.S. Food Pantry is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in the Aztec Student Union. Please visit the A.S. Food Pantry website for hours and additional information. See a list of more Food Resources available to support students.

Apply today for CalFresh

CalFresh is a program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. Full-time and part-time students can connect with a representative who can answer questions and walk students through the pre-screening eligibility process. Click the link above to learn more about this program and to see if you qualify.

This General Resources Document is intended to help students. Our resources reflect a diverse community need. ECRT staff are updating this document daily. Click on the link above to view general community resources.




SDSU’s Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) aims to bridge the gap in resources for students experiencing immediate food, housing, or unforeseen financial crises that impact student success. Using a holistic approach to well-being, ECRT supports students through crisis by leveraging a campus-wide collaboration that utilizes on and off-campus partnerships and provides direct referrals based on each student’s unique circumstances. ECRT empowers students to identify and access short- and long-term, sustainable solutions in an effort to successfully graduate from SDSU. Read about SDSU Expanding Efforts to Meet Students' Basic Needs.




Meet Our Staff 

Chelsea payne sitting in her office, in a purple shirt, smiling a huge smileChelsea Payne, MSW

Associate Director, ECRT

(she, her, hers)

Chelsea Payne is the Associate Director of ECRT and is here to support SDSU students experiencing homelessness, food insecurity and other economic crises as identified by the student.

Chelsea is a fellow Aztec, having obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from SDSU. Before coming to work for SDSU, she worked with children and families in an educational setting, spent time as a case manager and worked in research and organizational development. As the ECRT coordinator, Chelsea works with each individual student to understand their unique situation and helps them address whatever challenges they may face with a holistic and resourceful mindset.

Chelsea is committed to serving the students at SDSU by utilizing and building upon the resources that can help our students thrive. Contact: [email protected]


Keiara is wearing a black sweater with a white shirt under it, she is in front of a plant with purple flowers, and she has a happy wonderful smile on her faceKeiara Allen, MSW 

ECRT Housing Stability Coordinator

(she, her, hers)

Keiara Allen is ECRT's Housing Stability Coordinator here to assist students experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, and housing related crisis to regain stability during their time at SDSU. Keiara is also helping students in urgent housing crisis find stability through our new Rapid Re-Housing Program.

As an Alumni of SDSU, Keiara has returned to SDSU to help students navigate housing while managing the stressors of University life. Prior to working for SDSU, Keiara worked for the County of San Diego's Housing and Community Development Department, and prior to that as a Supervisor for the Rapid Re-Housing at a local non-profit. Keiara's role 
as the Housing Stability Coordinator is focused on helping students ensure housing so all students thrive.

Keiara can provide you with advice on your housing situation, provide resources and solutions that will guide you to housing self-sufficiency. Contact: [email protected]


Evie wearing rainbow striped dress Evie Baez, MSW

ECRT Coordinator

(name, she, her)

Evie is the ECRT Coordinator. Evie connects students to resources and navigates systems with students to ensure academic and holistic long-term success.

Evie was born and raised in San Diego, CA and has lived in Tacoma, WA where Evie completed her MSW at University of Washington Tacoma. Evie previously worked in various advanced case management roles including in community mental health at an agency with co-occurring substance use programming, State of Washington, and County of San Diego.

Evie is passionate about mental health advocacy and primary prevention strategies to create long-term well-being for individuals. Evie enjoys learning, deep conversations, and traveling anywhere and everywhere with her partner and family. 

Contact: [email protected]


Dustin is wearing a blue jacket with a white shirt and red tie, he has a huge happy smile on his faceDustin Adkins

ECRT Resource Coordination Assistant 

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Dustin Adkins is our ECRT Resource Coordination Assistant. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology at SDSU, Dustin came on board ready to continue expanding access to basic needs on campus. 

In his role, he directly supports students while also working on the logistical backend of ECRT. Additionally, Dustin serves as an advisor within Associated Students and sits on various campus boards and committees. 

Dustin comes with background experience in basic needs work that he gained from various positions within campus organizations and Associated Students. During his time at SDSU, he has led the A.S. Food Pantry, chaired the Aztecs Rock Hunger Leadership Team, and served as the Vice President of Financial Affairs for Associated Students. 

He has a passion for ensuring that basic needs are met for all students, and is excited to continue this work for SDSU. 
Contact: [email protected]