Basic Needs


Basic Needs Sponsored Housing

Section 1

Basic Needs Sponsored Housing provides up to 30-days of temporary housing with a meal plan at UCI for students who are currently facing homelessness per the McKinney-Vento definition.

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.