Housing Stability

It is common to experience some sort of housing instability during college. Students who are unable to find permanent housing or abruptly lose their housing are sometimes able to be housed temporarily on campus, subject to availability. Additional resources are listed here for emergency housing opportunities as well as information to minimize housing challenges in the future.

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Temporary Emergency Housing (T.E.H.) at CSUN

TEH provides unhoused students with temporary housing for up to 20 days on campus while working to secure a long-term resolution.

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Emergency Housing Grants

These funds provide one-time support resources for emergency rental assistance or related housing expense to students at risk of homelessness otherwise.

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College-Focused Rapid Rehousing Program

RRH, in partnership with Jovenes, Inc., offers temporary and long-term housing and support services to students experiencing housing instability.

Additional Housing Stability Resources

If you are a CSUN student looking for off-campus housing, the following non-affiliated resources may be of support.

Off-campus Housing Resources:

  1. Apartments.com
  2. Zillow
  3. Trulia
  4. Apartment Finder
  5. Rent Café
  6. CSUN Housing - Off-campus housing database
  7. Roomies
  8. Spare Room

Facebook Groups:

  • CSUN Rooms and Lodgings
  • CSUN Apartments, Housing, Roommates, Subleasing
  • CSUN Rooms for Rent

Renter Guides & Resources:

Please note, California State University, Northridge does not endorse the listings contained herein. The information is provided only as an aid in your search for housing. It is the responsibility of the prospective tenant or renter to determine the suitability of the off-campus housing options listed. CSU Northridge does not conduct site visits or inspections of listed rental locations. Additionally, the University does not make any recommendations nor assume any responsibility for the businesses or referrals listed.

Students are under no obligation to use these services or rent from companies listed/ engage with individuals seeking potential roommate arrangements. Students are strongly encouraged to use due diligence and to obtain references and other information regarding listings and facilities.

Below are some helpful tips when looking for off-campus rental options.

In preparation for your search, you may want to consider the following:

  1. Are you looking for a room or an apartment to rent?
  2. What is your housing budget?  Consider deposits, move-in costs and utilities as well.
  3. Do you have any pets? Please know that most places will require a pet deposit and monthly pet rent.
  4. Do you have reliable transportation?
    --> If not, how far from CSUN are you willing to live, depending transportation?
    --> Consider living nearby public transportation routes to get to and from CSUN.
  5. What is your timeline to move, e.g., when do you plan to move into your new space, and how long do you intend to stay in a particular place?

Questions you can ask a potential landlord:

  1. How long is the lease?
  2. What is the security deposit amount and when is it due?
  3. How are maintenance and repairs handled?
  4. What is the policy for renewing the lease or moving out?
  5. What is the screening process for tenants?
  6. Are utilities included in the rent?
  7. Are guests allowed?
  8. Are pets allowed?
  9. Does the unit come with a parking space?
  10. Are there any other fees to consider beyond rent and utilities?

Questions you can ask a potential roommate:

  1. What is your monthly income? 
  2. What is your budget for a room/apartment? Is this budget inclusive of utilities?
  3. Have you had difficulties paying your rent on-time before? Any past evictions?
  4. What does your schedule look like? School, work and sleep schedule may be important considerations.
  5. Do you have any pets/emotional support animals/service animals that you will be bringing with you?
  6. Do you have a timeframe as to how long you might want to rent this space? 
  7. What are your expectations around guests and visitors? 
  8. Do you have any potential concerns or “deal breakers”?

Tips on how to avoid scams:

  1. Beware of deals that seem too good to be true: If you come across a listing that is significantly cheaper than average, it could be a scam
  2. Visit the property in person: scammers often use fake pictures or descriptions
  3. Do not fill out an application or lease agreement prior to viewing the unit and meeting your potential landlord. 
  4. Only provide the application fee after a contract has been offered/signed.
  5. Trust your gut! If something feels off, do not rent there. 
  6. If you suspect a potential rental scam or fraud, you can report to the Federal Trade Commission.

Housing Navigation can be provided for CSUN students who currently have safe and secure housing and the financial resources to support their housing needs, however at the same time, may need some additional guidance in securing a new housing solution.

Housing Navigation support activities can include:

  • Identification of strategies to address barriers to obtain housing, for example, exploring financial aid options and/or development a household budget.
  • Assistance identifying off-campus housing websites, search engines, Facebook groups and others.
  • Guidance with identifying and securing supporting documentation that may be required as part of rental application process.
  • Support when preparing for meetings with potential landlords, including questions to ask a landlord, and questions that might be asked by a landlord from the student.

What is not provided through housing navigation:

  • We do not complete or submit applications/documentation on behalf of students.
  • We do not tour or assess potential rental properties, nor do we provide reviews of contracts/rental agreements.
  • We do not provide legal advice regarding landlord/tenant issues. Students may contact the Student Legal Support Clinic through Associated Students to explore the possibility of this type of support.

If you would like housing navigation support, please contact the Basic Needs office directly at basicneeds@csun.edu or submit a Housing Stability Support Application.

Resource

Address

Contact Information

Hours

The Village Family Services

6736 Laurel Cyn. Blvd. Suite 200
North Hollywood, CA 91606

(818) 755-8786

M-F 10:00am-5:00pm

LA Family Housing

7843 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91605

(818) 982-4091

 

The Teen Project

8140 Sunland Blvd.
Sun Valley, CA 91352

(818) 582-8832

M-F 8:00am-10:00am

Penny Lane

15305 Rayen St.
North Hills, CA 91343

(818) 582-8832

 

Department of Mental Health-
LAC DMH SA II

 

(818) 610-6704

 

Center for Assessment & Prevention of Prodromal States

16360 Roscoe Blvd. 2nd Floor
Van Nuys, CA 91406

(818) 528-8887

 

VOALA: Women’s Care Cottage

6428 Whitsett Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91606

(818) 623-0209

M-F 8:00am-2:00pm

Village Family Services (VFS) Referral Process

6801 Coldwater Canyon Ave, Suite 1E 

North Hollywood, CA 91605

(818) 755-8786

 

TAY Drop-In Centers

 

Rudy Ramirez
(213) 738-2521
RoRamirez@dmh.lacounty.gov

 

LAC DMH – Transitional Age Youth (TAY) 

 

Gatekeeper (213) 738-6194

 

ESSP Program description (Enhanced Emergency Shelter Program)

 

(213) 738-6194

 

Ascencia

150 N. Third St.▪ Burbank, CA, 91510

Main: 818-238-5197

Work Cell:  818-863-2814

 

Seed House Project Application

8539 Nestle Ave Northridge CA 91325

(800) 264-3063

 

Bridge to Home

23752 Newhall Ave, Newhall, CA 91321

(661) 254-4663

M–F
8 AM – 5 PM

Family Services Agency/ Linden Housing Program

2721 Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505 

Point of Contact for Services: (818) 845-7671   

Contact Karissa: (818) 333 0521

 

LA Family Housing

7843 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91605

(818) 982-4091

If you are an individual:
Email referrals@lafh.org or call 818.255.2703 (email preferred).

If you are a family:
Email referrals@lafh.org or call 818.255.2766 (email preferred).

Hours: Closes 5PM

Family Solution Center:

7817 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood

8:00 am – 6:00 pm
(lunch from 12:00-1:00)

Individual Solution Center

7843 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood

8:00 am– 4:00 pm
(lunch from 12:00-1:00)

 

CSUN Student Housing Office 818-677-2160

csun.edu/housing

Student Housing exists to promote individual development, academic success and conscientious citizenship among future and current residents through its facilities, services and programs. Student Housing also provides students the resources to foster respectful and responsible living in a learning environment. If you are interested in learning more about housing and living on-campus, please visit our website or call our office to learn more about availability.

Location: 
Student Housing, North Campus – 17950 Lassen Street (corner of Lassen Street and Zelzah Avenue)

Hours of operation: 
Monday–Friday 8am – 5pm

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