Program Mission

San Diego City College is dedicated to the overall wellness of our students. We are committed to fostering an educational environment that promotes awareness, sensitivity, empathy, dignity and respect.

Our mission is to embrace diversity and inclusiveness while supporting students who may experience food and housing insecurities, socio-economically disadvantages, in need of physical and emotional support, and/or facing various challenges and adverse circumstances in their lives. 

In an effort to respond and support our students in need, the college has assembled support programs and services, both on and off campus, to assist our students in meeting students basic needs while promoting their academic success and completion.

Resources

City Basic Needs Resource Guide

County of San Diego Housing Resources Directory

Food Resources and Meal Sites

Restaurant meals program for CalFresh Recipients

San Diego Benefits Assistance

San Diego City College Food Pantry

 

Food Resources

https://sandiegofoodbank.org/

https://my211.force.com/s/service-directory?code=BD

https://feedingsandiego.org/

https://feedingsandiego.org/need-help/food-distributions/

https://www.imperfectfoods.com/- Imperfect Produce Making produce affordable is important to us. Unfortunately, the USDA does not allow online grocery companies like Imperfect to accept SNAP and other benefits. However, we offer a reduced-cost box for anyone that meets the requirement for CalFresh/SNAP/EBT benefits. Check this box and we'll send you a survey to confirm your qualification for a 33% discount. (students will only see this information once they are ready to input their payment option.   

Cal Fresh

How to Apply for Cal Fresh 

Online:

  • Select https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/ link to begin the process. Proof of identity is necessary to be evaluated for expedited services (to receive Cal fresh within 3 days).
  • You can also apply on-line through GetCalFresh.org (Application is available in English and Spanish). Submit documents right from your phone 

By phone: 

  • 2-1-1 San Diego 
  • Call Access at 1-(866) 262-9881 to request application forms. Access can mail an application to you. Send the completed application to the local Family Resource Center via U.S. mail or drop it off at your local Family Resource Center. The date of application is the date the application is received by the Family Resource Center. It is very important to send proof of identity to be evaluated timely should you be eligible for expedited services (receive Cal Fresh benefits within 3 days). 
  • San Diego Hunger Coalition Cal fresh application support: 1-(858) 863-6635

Fax:

Download an application.

Print out the following document: Application for CalFresh/Snap Benefits

  • Complete as much of your application as you can. Your name, address and signature are necessary to begin the application process.
  • Download the Notice to CalFresh Applicants (form 09-94 HHSA / form 09-94 HHSA SP) for additional information, to help you complete the application, and to select your interview preference (in-person or telephone interview).
  • Send the completed application and documents to your local Family Resource Center via U.S. mail, via fax, or drop them off at your local Family Resource Center. It is very important to send proof of identity to be evaluated timely should you be eligible for expedited services (receive CalFresh within 3 days). The date of application is the date the application is received by the Family Resource Center. 

Homeschooling Resources

Homeschool Websites for Children

Housing

Discounted Rates 

TOWNEPLACE SUITES BY MARRIOTT

SAN DIEGO DOWNTOWN

1445 Sixth Avenue • San Diego, CA 92101

 

They are offering special discounted rates for anyone associated with SDCC. If any faculty, staff or students are displaced due to the pandemic, please feel free to reach out to: 

Michelle Guillory

DIRECTOR OF SALES

mguillory@tpssandiego.com 

619.782.6400 ext. 101 

 

Low Cost Computers 

PC's for People

San Diego Futures Foundation

 

Student Health / Mental Health

 

Alternative Social Media and Information Sites (to stay positive in the mind)

Upworthy: https://www.upworthy.com/ 

@tanksgoodnews: https://www.instagram.com/tanksgoodnews/?hl=en

@the_happy_broadcast: https://www.thehappybroadcast.com/ 

 

Apps to help to calm the mind (distraction from conflict as well)

Daily use (10 minutes) can create and enhance feelings of peace/calm or simply be a positive activity

UCLA Mindful: https://www.uclahealth.org/ucla-mindfu  (English and Spanish)

Insight Timer: https://insighttimer.com/ (meditations and sleep)

Your Daily Shine: https://join.shinetext.com/  (positive messages/texts)

Headspace: https://www.headspace.com/  (meditations and sleep)

Calm and Breathe: https://www.calm.com/  (breathing exercises)

Smiling Mind: https://www.smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app  (breathing and meditations)

 

Website with tips and strategies for managing social distancing and "shelter in place"

Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety: https://www.virusanxiety.com/ 

 

Health and Wellness

If you have health insurance, you can go to psychologytoday.com or therapyden.com and filter by zip code and the type of insurance you have

If you are uninsured, have MediCal, or are MediCal eligible, you may be able to visit a community clinic. To find which clinic serves your zip code and if you are eligible, call 211 or visit http://www.comresearch.org/services.php for a list of clinics (call the one in your region to confirm services and eligibility)

 

If you are in crisis or having a mental health emergency

Call Access & Crisis Line at 888-724-724-7240 or text "courage" to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255

 

Title IX Resources

We understand that when forced to stay at home or near an abuser, it can create circumstances in which safety is even more compromised. During these times of working remotely and avoiding public spaces, victims and survivors may need to alter their safety plan. SPEAK is here to help.

City College's confidential victim advocate will continue to be available to provide resources and support Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM at 619-541-5970. In addition, CCS' crisis hotline is free, confidential, and operates 24/7. Please call at 1-888-385-4657. 

Unemployment

https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/

 

United Way: San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Have you been impacted by job loss or wage reduction? Are you in need of support with paying your rent/mortgage or utility bills? We can help. 

APPLY IN ENGLISH: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAIappenglish

APLICAR EN ESPANOL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAIappspanish 


Wi-Fi and Internet Access

Free WiFi Hotspots in San Diego

COX

https://talkbusiness.net/2020/03/cox-announces-additional-support-for-residential-customers-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

Cox is offering the following over the next 60 days, through May 15:

 A $19.99 offer for new Starter internet customers with a temporary boost up to 50 Mbps download speeds, no annual contract or qualifications to help low income and those impacted from Coronavirus challenges, like seniors and college students.

  • Eliminating data usage overages beginning today to meet the higher bandwidth demands. Customers with a 500 GB or Unlimited data usage add-on plan will receive credits.

Pledging to support the FCC's Keep America Connected initiatives by:

  • Not terminating service to any residential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Waiving any late fees that residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Opening Cox Wi-Fi outdoor hotspots to help keep the public connected in this time of need.

Cox is offering to fast-track the qualification process for Connect2Compete.  Schools are being asked to contact connectnow@cox.com with a list of eligible low-income students that currently do not have an internet connection.  Cox will assist in getting students qualified quickly so they can continue learning from home. Cox has also partnered with PCs for People where families can purchase discounted refurbished computers.  More information can be found at this website. (https://cox.pcsrefurbished.com/sales/salesHome.aspx)

 

AT&T

COVID-19  RESPONSE: https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

March 13, 2020

AT&T is underwriting expenses for a "one-stop" resource center to support eLearning Days from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) available to all educators in schools to help them handle school closures and the increase in virtual learning due to COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

https://www.setda.org/outreach/press-releases/press-release-2020/press-release-att-supports-setda-elearning-coalition-amidst-covid-19-virus/

 

COMCAST

Comcast offering free internet to help with coronavirus impacts

The company also said it would pause data caps and plans.

https://www.wzzm13.com/article/tech/comcast-free-wifi-coronavirus/69-fc79b046-dafd-4af8-8ae0-f5143abe08f7

https://www.internetessentials.com/ FROM COMCAST

https://lifehacker.com/comcast-is-offering-60-days-of-free-internet-for-low-in-1842312439

 

SPECTRUM

https://www.spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots  To get free Wi-Fi hotspots

https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-covid-19-information-spectrum-customers

Community Assistance

More than ever before, Americans rely on high speed broadband in nearly every aspect of their lives. In the coming weeks, many will be affected either directly or indirectly by COVID-19. We're committed to serving our 29 million customers and ensuring they maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need. To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, we commit to the following for 60 days:

  • We'll partner with school districts to make sure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.
  • We'll open our Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
  • We'll continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, our high-speed broadband program to eligible low-income households.

We won't terminate service for residential or small business customers who face difficult economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. Similarly, we won't charge late fees for those customers facing difficult economic circumstances related to the pandemic. As always, we don't have data caps or hidden fees.

Our advanced communications network will make sure our customers, including government offices and agencies, first responders, health care providers and facilities and businesses, across 41 states, maintain the connectivity they rely on.

Our network is built to sustain maximum capacity during peak usage. We'll continue to closely monitor this dynamic situation and are well prepared to continue delivering reliable connectivity. We have extensive business and workforce continuity plans in place that will be adjusted as needed to best serve all our customers and employees.