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ECRT Office Under Construction
The ECRT office is under construction, but our services are still available! Please submit a Request for Assistance below to reach out. You can also email us at [email protected] for general questions about the program.
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.
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?
Please click on the button below to request assistance for an
immediate food, housing, or other financial crisis.
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 staff member’s emails below to your contact list, or frequently check your spam folder.
- Chelsea Payne, Associate Director, ECRT, [email protected]
- Keiara Allen, ECRT Housing Stability Coordinator, [email protected]
- Evie Baez, ECRT Coordinator, [email protected]
- Dustin Adkins, ECRT Resource Coordination Assistant, [email protected]
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
Use the links below to find out more about the resources available to you as a student.
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
Want an ECRT Presentation?
Request an ECRT presentation for your class, campus group, or department to learn more about our services.
Would You Like to Support Students Through ECRT?
Donations can be made to our ECRT Emergency Fund to help students with urgent basic needs support.
Meet Our Staff
Chelsea Payne, MSW
Associate Director, ECRT
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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 Associate Director of ECRT, 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 Allen, MSW
ECRT Housing Stability Coordinator
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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 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 Baez, MSW
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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]
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.