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The Basic Needs office at CSUN utilizes a holistic, student-centered approach to providing students with basic needs support (food, shelter, clothing) and eliminating these barriers to their academic success. We are dedicated to empowering students to persist and thrive in their educational journey and realize their goal of graduation. We do this by providing advocacy, guidance, and connection to resources that facilitate food and housing stability. We are equally committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment within the CSUN community through outreach, education, and innovative partnerships with campus colleagues that contribute to a sense of well-being and belonging.

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Maria Elizondo 
Interim Assistant Director

Email: maria.elizondo@csun.edu
Phone: 818-677-6331
Office Location: USU Sol Center, Room 306

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Christel Bowen
Food Programs Care Coordinator

Email: christel.bowen@csun.edu
Phone: (818) 677-2732
Office Location:  Laurel Hall 101-H Send Email

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Nancy Lemus
Housing Stability Care Coordinator

Email: nancy.lemus@csun.edu
Phone: (818) 677-6321
Office Location: USU Sol Center, Room 305


Karla Gonzalez
Special Projects Analyst

Email: karla.gonzalez@csun.edu
Phone: (818) 677-7862
Office Location: Laurel Hall 100-C 


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