Basic Needs Resource Center (BNRC)
The Basic Needs Resource Center (BNRC) is available to all RCC students in need. The BNRC aims to help supplement basic needs and promote sustainability for overall student wellness and success. Basic needs include food security, housing security, and mental health and wellness resources that allow students to thrive.
Location: Charles A. Kane Building, Room 104
Hours: Monday - Friday | 8 am - 5 pm
* Note hours may be impacted by food inventory or deliver. Please see the posted weekly schedule on the door for updates.
Basic Needs Services
Guidelines for students at the BNRC pantry are as follows:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Students can visit the pantry for a bag of food and personal items once every 2 weeks. If they demonstrate more need, they may be able to visit more often.
Students should be currently enrolled in RCCD. Sometimes when students first enroll, they do not show up in the system but they are still able to visit.
The labels identify the items and the quantity students are able to take. The general rule is 1 per item, unless the label specifies students are able to take more.
Donations are welcome. Food items should be sealed, dry/non-perishable goods, preferably canned goods. Other items should be new, preferably packaged.
By the Numbers
Gift Cards and Vouchers
Complete the Basic Needs Request Form
- Students can complete a survey to request gift cards and vouchers.
Wait for Email
- If the request is approved, students will receive an email when their form is ready for pickup.
Pick up Signed Form
- Students will pick up their form in the Basic Needs Resource Center - Charles A. Kane Building.
Submit Form to Cashier's Office
- Students will turn in their form to the Cashier's Officer, and will receive their gift cards/ vouchers.
Gift Cards Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Students can request gift cards or vouchers from the BNRC once per semester. If they have additional need, they may be able to request more.
Students can select a preference, but all gift cards & vouchers are subject to availability. Students cannot choose brand or type (ex. specific grocery store)
On average, it takes about a week to receive the gift cards. This is not an immediate process.
Students can also attend workshops and events that may offer gift cards.
Housing Program and Resources
Riverside City College was one of fifteen California Community Colleges selected to participate in the College Homeless and Housing Insecure Pilot (HHIP) Program through the State Chancellor’s Office. Below are the steps to receive housing assistance.
- Student Receives Housing info
- If a student seeks help or is referred, they will receive an email with BNRC housing information.
Complete Housing Survey
This will begin the waitlist request process for HHIP/Rental Assistance.
Financial Aid Eligibility
Ensure that the most recent FAFSA/Dream Act application is complete.
- Approval Process for Waitlist
The student is approved or declined pending enrollment verification.
- Housing Referral
If a space becomes available, the student will be formally referred to Path of Life Ministries to begin the housing process.
Housing Programs & Resources
Homeless & Housing Insecure Pilot Program (HHIP)
The three main components are:
1. Housing Identification to support individuals to exit homelessness
2. Rent/Move-In Assistance to help with the costs associated with getting into housing
3. Case Management to help stabilize people once housed and support academic success
Our local housing service provider is Path of Life Ministries.
HHIP is limited and currently at capacity.
May be available to students who require immediate assistance. This is a short-term solution for students experiencing difficulty paying rent, typically due to a sudden change of circumstances (ex: loss of job)
Eligibility for rental assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Community housing programs and organizations may be able to assist students who require more immediate help. All students are provided with a directory of these programs to contact on their own.
Each program has its own eligibility criteria
Any currently enrolled student can apply for our HHIP program or rental assistance. These students must remain enrolled in order to receive housing assistance through RCC services.
Students are selected on a first-come basis, with consideration of their self-reported survey information, financial aid eligibility, and enrollment verification.
Our HHIP program has a maximum case management capacity. A placement in the program only becomes available when a student exits the program.
Unfortunately, there is no way to determine how long a student may remain on the waiting list. Once students are referred to Path of Life Ministries, the placement time will be a maximum of 3 months, but this varies with each student.
Health and Psychological Services
Additional Community Resources
Workforce Development Center
Therapy and Support Groups
Riverside University Health System
Rent/Utility Relief for Riverside County
Each Mind Matters
Women, Infants, & Children Division (WIC)