Homeless Students

At Delta College, we are committed to removing academic barriers to success as well as ensuring that while at school, our students have access to basic care such as education, food, and shelter. As part of this commitment, we provide a range of support to our homeless students. If you are homeless, formerly homeless or at-risk, we encourage you to contact our office so we may help you properly access these services. 

Services for Homeless Students

  • Shower Facilities:  We maintain shower facilities in Budd Building Men's and Women's locker rooms for student use on campus. Use of these facilities is available to any homeless student who is enrolled in a minimum of 1 unit of coursework at any College in the District, has paid enrollment fees, and is in good standing with the District. 
  • Academic Support Services:  Peer support, computer access, tutor support, printing documents and access to educational supplies are some of the resources we provide to help homeless students in their academics while at Delta College. Please contact our office to learn more and access these services.
  • Shelter/ housing search and support
  • Food connections – Campus food support/ Cal Fresh
  • Financial Aid Application Support: We will help you complete your FAFSA to ensure you receive the appropriate funds to pay for your college courses 
 

Eligibility for Services

Based on the McKinney-Vento Homeless definition, a homeless student is defined as a student who does not have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes, but is not limited to, students who: are sharing the housing of another person due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; or are in living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings. 

For those that support these students, the "burden" of proof for financial assistance rides in documentation from a person working in a shelter, transitional housing, Human Services Agency, church, or other similar options.  Similar options can include allowing for the burden of proof to lay on those of us within the college system through a series of conversations whereas we document our belief that the student is indeed homeless.