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Basic Needs Committee

The Homelessness & Basic Resources Committee (HBRC) was launched  in 2017 in response to Mt. San Antonio College’s (Mt. SAC) desire to support the needs of students who face housing, food, and other basic resource insecurities. In 2019, the committee name was changed to Basic Needs Committee (BNC) and its purpose transitioned from direct support to an advisory body that recommends solutions and advocates for Mt. SAC’s Basic Needs Resources program. The Mt. SAC community can support our basic needs efforts in various ways, which includes giving to the “Basic Needs Fund” through Mt. SAC’s Foundation & Alumni Association website (click the blue button on the right). Addressing students’ basic needs takes all of us working together so we appreciate your support.

      • Purpose

        BNC is responsible for proposing recommendations and solutions regarding issues students are facing related to the lack of basic needs resources, including, but not limited to: housing, food, wellness (physical, emotional, and mental), hygiene, and transportation.

      • Function
        1. Review basic needs-related services and resources and recommend ways to identify and fill gaps.
        2. Recommend strategies on addressing basic needs to departments, centers, and other units to build a network of support for students in need.
        3. Recommend updates to the College website, portal, and other online communication tools to include links to services available on-campus as well as to community-based resources relating to basic needs resources such as housing, food, wellness (physical, emotional, and mental), hygiene, and transportation.
        4. Liaise with Professional and Organizational Development (POD) to educate College faculty and staff on ways to sensitively and effectively address issues related to basic needs insecurities such as housing, food, wellness (physical, emotional, and mental), hygiene, and transportation.
        5. Explore ways to create partnerships with businesses, as well as public and private agencies, in the College’s catchment area to supply resources for students in need. 
        6. Recommend sources of funding for basic needs-related services and resources.
      • Members
        • Dr. Koji Uesugi (Co-Chair)
        • Pauline Swartz (Co-Chair)
        • Christina Cammayo
        • Kenneth McAlpin
        • Barbara Carrillo
        • Rigo Estrada
        • Victor Riccardi
        • An Ha
        • Carlos Romero
        • Kaitlyn Yrineo
        • Shelly Laddusaw
        • Renu Katoch
        • Sgt. Brian Owen
        • Julia Walker
        • Rosie Esparza
        • Diana Giannone
        • Thuy Pham
        • Dr. Karelyn Hoover
        • William Lambert
        • George Rodriguez