Here's Where to Find Help
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Resources For the Coronavirus "Stay-at-Home" Period
You're not alone.
A mobile food pantry from West Valley Community Services will continue to visit Parking Lot C on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, from 12:30-3:30 p.m, while the De Anza Food Pantry is temporarily closed to reduce the risk of coronavirus.
Scroll down for information about more food resources in our area.
Free "Grab and Go" Meals in San José
Anyone can pick up a free breakfast or lunch at the following locations, from 9-11 a.m., Monday-Friday, thanks to the city of San José and San José Unified School District.
- Allen Elementary School: 820 Steinbeck Drive
- Almaden Elementary School: 1295 Dentwood Drive
- Canoas Elementary School: 880 Wren Drive
- Galarza Elementary School: 1610 Bird Avenue
- Grant Elementary School: 470 E. Jackson Street
- Hoover Middle School: 1635 Park Avenue
- Learning Options School: 4849 Pearl Avenue
- Ohlone Middle School: 850 N. 2nd Street
- San José High School: 275 N. 24th St
Second Harvest Food Bank Hotline
To find a food distribution center or delivery program near you
- Call the Second Harvest Food Connection hotline at 1.800.984.3663
- Text “GETFOOD” to 408.455.5181
- Send an email to email@example.com
Additional Food Programs
You can also find food assistance through the following programs. Please contact the organization to learn about hours of operation and eligibility requirements, if any.
- Cupertino: West Valley Community Services, 10104 Vista Drive, phone: 408.255.8033
- Gilroy: St. Joseph’s Family Center, 7950 Church St. Suite A, phone: 408.842.6662
- Mountain View: Community Services Agency, 3204 Stierlin Rd., phone: 650.968.0836
- Palo Alto: LifeMoves Bredt Family and Children’s Center, 33 Encina Ave., phone: 650.853.8672
- San Jose:
- Sunnyvale: Sunnyvale Community Services, 725 Kifer Rd., phone: 408.738.4321
The mobile farmers' market has temporarily halted visits to campus.
While De Anza College does not operate student housing, there are referrals available for students who are homeless or struggling to find shelter on an emergency basis.
- Overnight parking: The Winter Faith Collaborative and Saratoga's Prince of Peace Lutheran Church coordinate overnight "safe parking" sites at churches and other locations, including some near De Anza, for individuals or families who are sleeping in their vehicles. Contact Amigos de Guadalupe in advance to be screened and enrolled in this program, by calling 408.341.6080 or 408.509.2731.
- Housing assistance:
- West Valley Community Services helps homeless individuals and families find long-term housing, through rental assistance and other support services. You can speak with the case manager who comes to campus twice a month with the mobile food pantry, or call 408.255.8033.
- The Bill Wilson Center operates housing programs and other services that can assist students who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. A representative from the center is available on campus once a week to provide information and referrals. Stop by the Office of Outreach in Room 127 of the RSS Building to make an appointment.
- House sharing: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County coordinates a free matching service to help people find affordable housing in the form of a rented room with shared space in a private home. You must apply and complete a screening process to be considered. You can start the process by submitting an online inquiry form.
For routine housing and roommate searches: The Office of College Life maintains a list of websites and tips for students who are looking for apartments or homes to rent.
If you’re facing a one-time financial emergency, we may be able to help. Limited cash grants are now available to assist students who are struggling with an urgent expense – such as a rental payment or deposit, essential car repairs or car registration, a doctor's bill or prescription medication – that might interfere with attending school.
You must meet certain minimum requirements to be eligible for a cash grant.
You must meet these minimum requirements to be eligible
- Currently taking at least 6 units at De Anza
- Already completed at least 12 units at either De Anza or Foothill College, or at both colleges combined
- Already applied for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
– If you haven’t already done so, you'll need to submit your financial aid application before receiving emergency funds. It's free! Visit our Financial Aid website for more information about these forms.
All students at De Anza are eligible for the SmartPass, offered by the De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB) in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Transit Agency (VTA). Here’s how it works.
- Pay a small fee: Pay a quarterly fee that's just $7.75 for students taking 12 or more units, or less for students taking fewer units.
- Get your Clipper Card: Pick up your personalized SmartPass Clipper Card from the Office of College Life.
- Enjoy unlimited rides: Use your card for unlimited rides on VTA buses and light rail within Santa Clara County – seven days a week.
Free Bike Rentals
Borrow a bike for the quarter! If you're 18 or older, bring your DASB ID card to the Office of College Life during the hours listed on the DASB Bike program webpage. You can also call 408.864.8240 or email DASBbikeprogram@deanza.edu for more information.
Cupertino Shuttle: From Campus to Caltrain
Need a ride to Caltrain, or anywhere in Cupertino? A new service offers low-cost, on-demand rides to and from any location in town, including the De Anza campus, and to the Sunnyvale Caltrain station.
- Free internet: Comcast is offering free internet service for two months through its Internet Essentials program for low-income households. Generally, you can qualify if you are receiving SNAP, SSI, WIC or other forms of income assistance. Visit internetessentials.com/covid19 for more information.
- Financial aid helps pay for college costs. There are several types of grants, loans and scholars available to students who qualify. To learn more, visit the Financial Aid website.
- EOPS (Extended Opportunities Programs and Services) is a state-funded program that provides extra support, including financial grants in some cases, to assist low-income and academically disadvantaged students. To learn more, visit the EOPS website.
A recent survey of De Anza College students found
- Nearly four out of ten students responding to the survey ate less or went hungry because they didn’t have enough money for food.
- More than half of the respondents moved often, shared a room or struggled to pay for housing or utilities.
- Nearly one in six respondents said they had been homeless during the previous year.