Here's Where to Find Help

Do you need assistance with the daily essentials of food, housing or transportation? You're not alone. Here are some resources available for De Anza students.


Food

food pantry imageStudents can obtain free food supplies from the Food Pantry program, operated by the Office of Outreach in RSS 127 (Room 127 of the Registration & Student Services building). 

Stop by the Food Pantry Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (The pantry is closed on Fridays during summer session.) 

There are also seven satellite pantries around campus, as well as these programs:

  • Mobile pantry: A mobile pantry from West Valley Community Services visits Parking Lot C on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Mobile farmers’ market: The farmers' market truck visits the Main Quad every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. and offers a 50% discount to students who have CalFresh or other food assistance benefits.
  • Emergency food vouchers: Students can receive an emergency voucher that can be used to purchase a sandwich or salad from campus Dining Services.
  • Prepared meals: Cooked food donated by off-campus food-service operators, through a partnership with a local nonprofit, is made available to students at several locations around campus. These can included casseroles, baked chicken, vegetables, rice and other elements of a full meal. 
  • CalFresh benefits: A staff member from Second Harvest Food Bank visits campus twice a month to answer questions and help students apply for the CalFresh program, which provides cash assistance for food. Make an appointment by calling De Anza's Office of Outreach at 408.864.8327.

To learn more, visit the Food Pantry website.


Shelter

housing iconWhile De Anza College does not operate student housing, there are resources available for students who are struggling to afford shelter in this area.

  • Overnight parking: The Winter Faith Collaborative coordinates an overnight "safe parking" program at churches and other locations, including sites 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 a case manager who comes to campus with the mobile food pantry, or call 408.255.8033.
  • Rental listings: The Office of College Life maintains a list of websites and tips for students who are looking for apartments or homes to rent.

Transportation

students at bus stopAll 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.

To learn more, visit the SmartPass website.


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.


More Assistance

  • 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

 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 five respondents had been homeless during the previous year.
Back to Top