Additional Basic Needs Resources

On-Campus Resources

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      Financial Aid

      Aside from state and federal aid, Mt. SAC has other options to help finance your education. These include; Associated Students Book Scholarship, Emergency Book Loan, Extended Opportunity Programs and Support, and the Mt. SAC Scholarship Program. Contact for more information


      Career Center

      Career Services provide employment assistance and opportunities to Mt. SAC student and alumni. To accomplish this, they partner directly with local employers and help them find qualified candidates. They also offer a variety of services to assist Mt. SAC students and alumni including but not limited to exploring careers, acquiring employment skills, gaining experience, and gaining employment.


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      Shower Access

      In accordance with AB 1995, shower access is provided for current Mt. SAC students. Showers are located in the Exercise Science/Welleness Center, Building 720 M-F from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please bring your own towel and toiletries. 

      Feminine Hygiene Products

      The Basic Needs Resources Center (9C), The Mountie Fresh Food Pantry (67A-103), Health Center (67B), and Health Center Satellite (9E), distribute free feminine hygiene products for students in need. 

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      The Student Health Center (9E, 67B, & online)

      Student Health Services is now scheduling appointments for TeleHealth medical visits with our physicians and nurse practitioners
      and TeleMentalHealth counseling visits with our therapists. It’s easy to reach us!

      1. Call: (909) 274-4400 Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
       Schedule an appointment with a physician, nurse practitioner, or therapist
      • Speak to a staff nurse
       Get answers to your questions 
      • Receive assistance
      • Access information about local urgent clinics and emergency rooms

      2. Email:
      • Receive email responses to your health questions or concerns 

      3. Online: 
      • Medical Services
      • Mental Health, Personal Counseling
      • Health Education
      • Resources
      • …and so much more!

      Our Psychology Department Faculty has put together a comprehensive list of resources in this document.
      Resources and Services for Students in Response to COVID-19


      Behavior and Wellness Team

      The Behavior & Wellness Team (B&WT) is a multidisciplinary campus team that guides the campus community in effectively assessing and addressing concerning and/or threatening behavior. The B&WT aims to assist students who may be experiencing an emotional problem or before their behavior reaches a potentially dangerous level. The team does not respond to emergency or crisis situations. For emergency that require an immediate response, call the Department of Police and Campus Safety at 909-274-4555 or 911.


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      Bus Pass Program

      All students who are taking Mt. SAC college credit classes and have paid their student fees are entitled to a free Class Pass from Foothill Transit. The cost for the bus pass is included in your college fees, so all you have to do is pick yours up at the bookstore today. 

      The Class Pass is a reusable card that gives students unlimited access to Foothill Transit buses, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students who attend in the Fall can use their Class Pass during the Winter intersession, and students who attend in the Spring can use their Class Pass during the Summer intersession. 

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      Priority Registration

      Mt. SAC supports parenting students, in accordance with the Education Code, by offering priority registration for students who are parents. This program includes all students who have a child or children under the age of 18 who will receive more than half of their support from that student.

      To gain access to priority registration visit your student portal, click the “Request for Priority Registration-Student Parent” link under the Admissions & Records Forms box in the Student tab and complete the form.

      For questions or more information, contact Nico Martinez at , 909-274-5302


       Lactation and Breastfeeding Stations

      Mt. SAC is committed to serving students who need to express milk on campus durgn hours of operation. Mt. SAC provides lactation rooms and suites in close proximity to classrooms and work spaces, and adequate break time for students to express milk. Learn more about the Lactation room locations...



      Utilizing a student-centered approach, Mt. SAC’s EOPS/CARE program provides over and above personalized ongoing comprehensive support services to historically underrepresented and low-socioeconomic students in order to increase their sense of belonging, self-efficacy and awareness of opportunities to help students achieve their academic and personal goals.

      As a comprehensive state-funded program, EOPS is driven by a philosophy of providing “over, above and in addition to” services to eligible Mt. SAC students.

      CARE is a supplemental component of EOPS that specifically assists EOPS students who are single heads of welfare households with young children, by offering supportive services so they are able to acquire the education, training and marketable skills needed to transition from welfare-dependency to employment and eventual self-sufficiency for their families. Every CARE student is an EOPS student who must meet the eligibility criteria for both programs.


      CalWORKS Program

      CalWORKS is the acronym for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids. All Community Colleges in CA have a CalWORKS Program on campus. CalWORKS provides educational support to Mt. SAC student-parents who are receiving cash aid.

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      Student Laptop Loans

      Mt. SAC student request for computers and/or internet access.

       If eligible you will be contacted to select a pick-up appointment. You will be updated via email or phone. Note: Equipment supplies are limited and are not guaranteed. While you are waiting for verification and appointment instructions, please visit the Learning Lab for immediate access to computer usage in Building 6.

      Laptops and hotspots will be available to any Mt. SAC student who is enrolled in at least one course. Loans are only available for the term/semester in which you are currently enrolled. If you are not enrolled, you will need to return your equipment to the library.

      Laptops and hotspots are in limited supply, we will distribute on a first-come first-served basis. 

      Dean of Student Services 

      For pressing situations or situations involving multiple Student Services areas (i.e., financial aid, counseling, etc.), please contact the  Manager of Basic Needs Resources Center, 9G. 

      • T: (909) 274-6170

Off-Campus Resources

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      East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless

      Information on shelters, emergency assistance, transitional housing and health outreach. Please call for the latest information on shelters, and pick-up locations.


      Pacific Clinics Hope Drop-In Center

      Pacific Clinic's Hope Drop-In Center is a safe place for teens and young adults (ages 16-25) who are looking for support, healing and care. They provide immediate help and programs (such as free lunch, clothing, showers, laundry facilities, employment support, recreational area and computer center). They are open 7 days a week and transportation is available to and from the center. 

      • T:(626)337-3828 
      • A: 13001 Ramona Blvd. Suite I  Irwindale CA 91706
      • IG: @hope_dropin
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      Shower Access

      During COVID-19, changes have occurred to the mobile shower locations in Los Angeles County. Currently there are 18 mobile shower locations in LA County. Below is the information for two sites closest to our Mt. SAC campus:

       1.  The Shower of Hope: 750 S. Santa Anita Ave. , South El Monte 91733. Showers every Tuesday from 10am to 4pm.

      2. The Shower of Hope: 3089 E. Huntington Dr., Irwindale 91706. Showers every Tuesday from 8:30am to 1:30pm.

      Additional mobile showers and hand-washing locations in Los Angeles County can be found here.

      The Shower of Hope: You can also visit the Shower of Hope website here for more information regarding mobile shower access for those in need.      

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      Inland Valley Hope Partners

      the Inland Valley Hope Partners Food Security Program helps residents of the Inland Valley access high-quality, healthy food resources each month with 5 program centers located in Pomona, Ontario, San Dimas, Claremont, and South Pomona.

      Sowing Seeds for Life

      Sowing Seeds for Life (SSFL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2005 whose mission is to eliminate hunger. SSFL is a part of America’s Second Harvest whose mission is “feeding America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engaging our country in the fight to end hunger in our local communities."

      Food distributions every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      1350 Arrow Hwy  La Verne, CA 91750 

      Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

      Food and other products are distributed to people in need through charitable agencies or directly through programs; conduct hunger education and awareness campaigns and advocate for public policies that alleviate hunger; and energize the community to get involved and support hunger relief. Contact for food distribution sites.

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      Los Angeles County America's Job Centers of California

      America’s Job Center of California  (AJCC) is your easy one-stop access to the state’s employment-related services. Explore the resources through this Web portal or visit a local center. They're located throughout the state to help employers find qualified workers and job seekers find good jobs. Employers can get help in posting job openings and recruiting candidates. Job seekers can get assistance in assessing skills, finding job opportunities and training, prepping a résumé, and much more.

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      Tri-City Wellness Center

      The Tri-City Wellness Center is a hub of community activities that promote recovery, resiliency, and wellness for people confronting mental health issues. Staff located at this site, including peer advocates, family members, clinical staff, and others, provide a range of culturally competent, person- and family centered groups, workshops and socialization activities designed to promote increasing independence and wellness for people of all ages. 

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      Mobile Shower & Hygiene Access:  

      During COVID-19, changes have occurred to the mobile shower locations in LA county. Currently there are 18 mobile shower locations in LA County. Below is the information for two sites closest to our Mt. SAC Campus.

      • The Shower of Hope: offers shower access every Tuesday from 10am-4pm located at 750 S. Santa Anita Ave. South El Monte 91733.
      • The Shower of Hope: offers shower access every Tuesday from 8:30am-1:30pm located at 3090 Huntington Dr. Irwindale, 91010.

      Additional mobile showers and hand-washing locations in Los Angeles County can be found here.


      Free Family Law and Domestic Violence Legal Help:

      The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law offers free legal assistance in family law and domestic violence to low-income students experiencing problems with domestic violence and otehr family matters like custody of children, getting a divorce, or establishing paternity.


      Laundry Love Project, Pomona

      The Laundry Love Project in Pomona is a FREE Wash and Dry Program every 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6pm-8pm at Lucy's Laundry Mart. This is sponsored by St. Ambrose Claremont, St. John's La Verne, St. Mark's Upland, St. Paul's Pomona, Deanery 6 of the Episcopal Diocese of L.A, and Tri-City Mental Health Center.


      House of Ruth, Inc.: Assisting Families Victimized by Domestic Violence

      House of Ruth has been providing life-saving domestic violence services for residents of eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties. Participation in House of Ruth programming is open to all battered women, men, and their children.


      The San Grabriel Valley Consortium on Homelessness

      The San Gabriel Vally Consortium on Homelessness facilitates partnerships, educates the community and member agencies, and advocates for appropriate housing and services in the San Gabriel Valley. 


      211 LA County

      Dial 211 from anywhere in LA County and a friendly representative will assist you with connecting to comprehensive social services for Los Angeles County residents.

      211 SB County

      Dial 211 from anywhere in San Bernardino County and a friendly representative will assist you with connecting to comprehensive social services for Los Angeles County residents.


      Services Center for Independent Life (SCIL)

      SCIL seeks to empower all persons, with any disability, in their request for greater personal independence and to advocate for a barrier free society. Services include: advocacy, assistant technology coordination, benefits planning, deaf services, cross-disability peer counseling, housing information and resources, independent living skills, information and referral, personal care assistant referrals, and transitional services.

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      Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

      Free Tax preparation services. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) was established in 2015. With support from the AFM/Business Club, Accounting Professor Brenda Domico, and TR&P President Austin Wang, the program was created for the purpose of providing free tax preparation services for the entire  Mt. SAC community. 


      The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)

      The California Earned Income Tax Credit, commonly known as the CalEITC, is a refundable tax credit that provides economic support to Californians with low incomes and helps individuals and families pay for basic needs like housing, food, and other necessities. See link for more information and to check if you qualify.


      The Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC)

      The Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) provides a credit up $1,083 per tax return for Californians who qualify for CalEITC and have a child under 6 years old. See link below for more information about qualifying and how to claim this credit.


      Upwards Childcare

      Upwards (formerly known as WeeCare) is the largest childcare network in the country, and can be accessed by Mt. SAC students. See what daycares, babysitters, and nannies are available near campus by looking at their childcare map


      California WIC (Women, Infants & Children)

      PHFE WIC, a program of Heluna Health, provides healthy free food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and family resources to more than 200,000 women, children, and families in Southern California. If you’re pregnant, or a caretaker of a child under age five, you can get personalized support for you and your family.


      CalFresh Benefits

      CalFresh provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low-income and provides economic benefits to communities. CalFresh is the largest food program in California and provides an essential hunger safety net. CalFresh is federally mandated and in California, is state-supervised and county-operated.

      CalFresh benefits can help buy nutritious foods for a better diet. CalFresh benefits stretch food budgets, allowing parenting students to afford nutritious food, including more fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods.  Our Mt. SAC Basic Needs Resources Team can help you apply. Learn more...

      • W: CalFresh 
      • T: (909) 274-6170