Basic Needs


Up to 30-days of temporary housing at UCI is provided to students who are currently facing homelessness per the McKinney-Vento definition.

Section 1

The Mckinney-Vento Act defines homelessness as:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (also referred to “doubled up” or “couch surfing”)

  • Students who live in substandard housing such as motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations

  • Students living in emergency or transitional shelters

  • Students abandoned in hospitals

  • Students with no stable foster care placement

  • Students (possibly with families) who are fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual or a family member.

Students eligible to be housed in the Basic Needs Sponsored Housing spaces must be currently enrolled with full- or part-time status; Exceptions will be considered in a collaborative process, with the final determination to be made by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. Eligible students must be in good standing with the Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, and with UCI Student Housing.

To request support, a student must be referred by UCI Campus Social Worker. Students may book a Campus Social Worker Consultation to be assessed for this resource.