Here's Where to Find Help

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Resources For Getting Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Current health restrictions on businesses and schools have led to financial hardship for many people who have lost jobs or had their work hours reduced. You'll find resources here and more information on our Guide to Fall Quarter webpage. 

  • Baby Supplies and Resources

  • Computers and Internet Access

  • Financial Assistance 

  • Food Resources

  • Health and Psychological Services

  • Health Insurance

  • Housing

  • Jobs and Unemployment

  • Undocumented Students

  • Utilities [NEW PROGRAM ADDED]

Are you struggling to secure daily essentials like foodhousing or transportation

You're not alone

Food Assistance

mobile pantry

A mobile food pantry from West Valley Community Services will continue to visit Parking Lot A on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, from 1-3:30 p.m.

Scroll down for information about more food resources in our area.

Second Harvest Food Bank – Find a Food Center Near You

To find a food distribution center or delivery program near you, visit or 

  • Call the Second Harvest Food Connection hotline at 1.800.984.3663
  • Text “GETFOOD” to 408.455.5181
  • Send an email to 

San José COVID Food Relief Program

San José has a new food program for residents who have job or business interruptions due to COVID-19 (or who meet the definition of being at high risk for the illness) and don't already receive state or federal food assistance.

  • You can apply to receive free groceries or prepared meals through the end of 2020.
  • Visit the Covid Food Relief website or call 408.351.8238 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Grab-and-Go Meals for Those 18 or Younger

The San José Unified School District provides nutritious "grab-and-go" meals for anyone in the community up to age 18, at a variety of school locations. Visit their Meals and Welness website for more details.

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.

The mobile farmers' market has temporarily halted visits to campus.

Housing Resources

housing iconWhile De Anza College does not operate student housing, there are resources available for students who are homeless or struggling to find shelter.

NEW Cupertino Housing Assistance

De Anza has two programs to assist qualified students who live in Cupertino or are willing to move there. These include rental assistance grants and house sharing, supported through a grant from the city of Cupertino and partnerships with community organizations. Visit the Cupertino Housing Assistance webpage to learn more. 

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. One new program can provide free, short-term housing, while their staff works with you to find a longer term housing solution. You can contact them directly by using their online self-referral form.

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.

NEW More Resources

Financial assistance and other types of support are available from a variety of city, county and nonprofit agencies. Here are some good places to find more resources

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.

Emergency Funds

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.

Transportation Options

students at bus stopSmartPass

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Get your Clipper Card: Pick up your personalized SmartPass Clipper Card from the Office of College Life.
  3. Enjoy unlimited rides: Use your card for unlimited rides on VTA buses and light rail within Santa Clara County – seven days a week.

Unfortunately, the SmartPass program is suspended until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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 for more information.

Unfortunately, the bike rental program is suspended until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Cupertino Shuttle: From Campus to Caltrain

Unfortunately, the Cupertino Shuttle service is suspended until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.

More Assistance

  • Free internet: Comcast is offering low-cost 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 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.

You're Not Alone

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.

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Support Our Students

  • Want to help? Visit the Foothill-De Anza Foundation's donation webpage to give online.
  • Designate your gift for De Anza and type "Basic Needs" in the field marked "Other"
  • Your gift will support the Food Pantry and other emergency assistance for students
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