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Homeless/Housing Insecurity Program (HHIP)

Having a place to call home is an essential part of a student’s success. A study by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice found that 19% of California community college students have been homeless in the past year and 60% have experienced recent housing insecurity.  The Homeless and Housing Insecurity Program (HHIP) at Barstow Community College is dedicated to assisting students who require stable housing, that way they can successfully work towards receiving a college degree. 



Eligibility: The Homeless and Housing Insecurity Program (HHIP) is available for registered students living in San Bernardino County. For most financial services, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Have already completed six (6) units at Barstow Community College under an approved education plan with a G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher.
  • Have fewer than 70-degree applicable units.
  • Stay in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher) while maintaining enrollment in at least six (6) units each semester (excluding Summer).
  • Meet the HHIP definition of homeless or housing insecure.
  • Be a resident of San Bernardino County.  

Even if you do not meet the current eligibility guidelines, we encourage you to meet with us as certain exceptions may apply. We can also connect you with college and community resources tailored to your individual needs. 

College Focused Rapid Rehousing Services
College Focused Rapid Rehousing services provides flexible rental subsidies and supportive services to assist individuals experiencing homelessness to return to permanent housing and complete educational goals as quickly as possible. Other services include everything from utility arrears to furnishings, move in costs, and employment development.

Housing Stabilization Services
Housing Stabilization Services provides students and their dependents who are at imminent risk of homelessness with time limited financial assistance and housing stabilization services necessary to maintain their current housing; OR find new housing to avoid becoming homeless and entering the emergency shelter system. Stabilization Services shall not exceed 6 months. 

Case Management
Case Management helps students set goals and work on strategies to make positive improvements in their life whether it be financial, emotional, academic or health-related. A case manager can connect you with other community programs and services based on your unique needs. Participation in a case management program can also help students meet our eligibility requirements for financial assistance.

Emergency Housing Grants
Emergency Housing Grants are one-time grants up to a determined amount per student that are necessary to secure housing or to prevent the imminent loss of housing.

New Hope Village

New Hope Village knows it takes hard work and teamwork to make the dream a reality. By teaching life skills and partnering with social organizations, clients are able to start over again. Our amazing team of regular and part-time volunteers is committed to helping others.  New Hope Village's mission is to provide subsidized housing and wraparound supportive services to homeless families and individuals in order to empower them to permanently break out of homelessness, food insecurities, and poverty. 

Desert Sanctuary Haley House

There is hope for a better life. The victim of Domestic Violence CAN live a life that is free of pain, terror, and torture. You CAN make a difference. It’s a long road back into the safe, sane, normal world, but you CAN find help, and with help, you CAN walk that road one step at a time. You CAN make the first step right now. All you need to do is gather your courage and make the first phone call:  (760) 256-3441  

Pathways Network

The Chance Project’s Pathways Network helps children, families and seniors experiencing a housing crisis in California’s San Bernardino and Riverside Counties get back on their feet and into permanent, sustainable housing.   

San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership

The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership (SBCHP) is a countywide public and private partnership established to coordinate services and resources to end homelessness in San Bernardino County. Services provided through SBCHP collectively include rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services to ensure housing affordability to individuals experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. Services are coordinated through Inland Empire United Way 2-1-1’s Coordinated Entry System for homeless-related services.   



Get help putting food on the table.  Apply for food stamps in just 10 minutes.  Applicants may be eligible to get up to $234 a month per household member on an EBT card. 

Cash Assistance

The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs) is a public assistance program that gives cash assistance and services to eligible needy California families. If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, they may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help.

San Bernardino County Workforce Development 

The WDB operates three America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC) located in the East Valley, West Valley, and High Desert communities.  Uniquely positioned to support local customers during times of economic growth or decline, the AJCCs provide the assistance required to meet changing workforce needs.  Visit your local AJCC for help with skills assessment, identifying career paths, updating your resume, preparing for job interviews, and for assistance in funding training programs.

San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health

The County of San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health's website is a tool to help meet your behavioral health and substance abuse needs. This website has been created for clients, family members, organizations, and individuals to help on the journey to rehabilitation and recovery. 

Medi-Cal/COVERED California

Covered California and Medi-Cal use the same application. That means that once you apply, you’ll find out which program you qualify for. Some households qualify for both.