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Economic Crisis Response Team

Economic Crisis Response Team

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  • 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!

There are individuals and groups, both on and off campus, with available resources to get you through your immediate crisis, and hopefully help you avoid a similar situation in the future. 

Students can request assistance for an immediate food or housing crisis using the form button below or by emailing 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. 

Please click on the button below to request assistance for an immediate food or housing crisis.




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Chelsea Payne, MSW

ECRT Coordinator

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, obtaining her Bachelor's and Master's 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.


Students who need ECRT support will be contacted by the ECRT Coordinator within 24 hours by:

  1. Phone Call
  2. Email
  3. Text Message

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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, 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 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. 


(866) 262-9881 (County Access Line)

  • Full-time and part-time students are encouraged to call CalFresh to connect with a representative who can answer questions and walk students through the pre-screening eligibility process.
  • Students do not have to disclose their roommate’s financial information on application if they purchase and prepare food separately.

Read about SDSU Expanding Efforts to Meet Students' Basic Needs

SDSU cannot guarantee the timeliness or type of response a student may receive from any outside source being referenced on this site.