The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed the House of
Representatives, and was then signed into law by the president. The act provides federal
government support in the wake of the Coronavirus public health crisis and associated
economic fallout. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency
Relief fund and is providing the nation’s colleges and universities funding to then
provide grants to students. This funding also covers a portion of unbudgeted costs
and lost revenue due to the disruption of campus activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here for more on CARES Disbursement.
ARE YOU A STUDENT IN AN IMMEDIATE ECONOMIC CRISIS?
- Did something unexpected happen causing you to need food or housing immediately?
- Are you only eating once a day because you don't have enough money to buy food?
- Are you struggling to find a safe, stable place to sleep?
We want to help you find the assistance you need!
The Economic Crisis Response Team can help any SDSU student connect with resources, both on and off campus, to help get you through your immediate food, housing, or financial crisis. Students can request assistance from ECRT using the form button below. or by emailing [email protected].
After you submit the form, you will receive an email from ECRT with resources and next steps for assistance. Within 72 hours, an ECRT Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding your specific situation and the information you provide on the assistance form. If possible, please add the coordinator’s emails below to your contact list, or frequently check your spam folder.
- Chelsea Payne, ECRT Coordinator, [email protected]
- Keiara Allen, ECRT Housing Stability Coordinator, [email protected]
Please click on the button below to request assistance for an immediate food, housing, or other financial crisis.
We also encourage you to explore the resources included on this site. Please note that we cannot guarantee the timeliness or type of response a student may receive from any outside source being referenced on this site.
Resources for Students in
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Business and Financial Affairs
- Counseling & Psychological Services
- Student Life and Leadership
- Housing Administration
- Well-being and Health Promotion
- Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs
- Aztec Shops
- Career Services
- Associated Students
- Student Affairs Communication Services
- International Student Center
- College of Health and Human Services
ECRT COVID-19 Emergency Grant
Students who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 may submit an application for financial support.
To apply, students must reach out to the Economic Crisis Response Team via the link HERE (or using the Request Assistance button above). After reaching out, students who
are experiencing unforeseen financial crisis due to COVID-19 will be sent an application
for the grant. A student can expect to hear if they will receive a grant two weeks
after submitting an application.
All students who reach out for support will have their unique circumstance assessed
by an ECRT Coordinator. They will then be connected with on-campus and off-campus
resources with the goal of supporting student through their crisis situation. Students
will also be provided with information on their individual Financial Aid eligibility
(including loan options).
MEET OUR ECRT staff
Chelsea Payne, MSW
Chelsea Payne is the ECRT coordinator here to support SDSU students experiencing homelessness,
food insecurity and other economic crises
as identified by the student.
Chelsea is a fellow Aztec, having obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from SDSU. Before coming to work for SDSU, she worked with children and families in an educational setting, spent time as a case manager and worked in research and organizational development. As the ECRT coordinator, Chelsea works with each individual student to understand their unique situation and helps them address whatever challenges they may face with a holistic and resourceful mindset.
Chelsea is committed to serving the students at SDSU by utilizing and building upon the resources that can help our students thrive.
Contact: [email protected]
Keiara Allen, MSW
ECRT Housing Stability Coordinator
Keiara Allen is ECRT's Housing Stability Coordinator here to assist students experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, and housing related crisis to regain stability during their time at SDSU. Keiara is also helping students in urgent housing crisis find stability through our new Rapid Re-Housing Program.
As an Alumni of SDSU, Keiara has returned to SDSU to help students navigate housing
while managing the stressors of University life. Prior to working for SDSU, Keiara
worked for the County of San Diego's Housing and Community Development Department,
and prior to that as a Supervisor for the Rapid Re-Housing at a local non-profit.
as the Housing Stability Coordinator is focused on helping students ensure housing so all students thrive.
Keiara can provide you with advice on your housing situation, provide resources and solutions that will guide you to housing self-sufficiency.
Contact: [email protected]
ECRT Coordination Assistant
Dustin Adkins is our ECRT Coordination Assistant. After earning his Bachelor of Arts
in Economics and Sociology at SDSU, Dustin came on board ready to continue expanding
access to basic needs on campus.
He focuses mostly on the logistical backend and planning to support the ECRT Coordinators by working with grant funding, connecting students with various resources, overseeing Student Support Advocates, and more.
Dustin comes with background experience in basic needs work that he gained from various positions within campus organizations and Associated Students. During his time at SDSU, he has led the A.S. Food Pantry, chaired the Aztecs Rock Hunger Leadership Team, and served as the Vice President of Financial Affairs for Associated Students.
He has a passion for ensuring that basic needs are met for all students, and is excited to continue this work for SDSU.
Contact: [email protected]
WHAT IS ECRT?
The Economic Crisis Response Team, or ECRT, is a group of staff, administrators, students and faculty from across campus working together to ensure students experiencing food or housing insecurity, or other immediate and unforeseen financial crises, are connected with short-term and long-term aid quickly and without stigmatization.
The team was created to coordinate already existing resources on campus and to collect information on off-campus agencies that provide different types of support to college students in need. We also seek out opportunities to provide access to these different types of support through awareness activities and partnering with others already doing outstanding service related to food or housing insecurity.