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Basic Needs



Phone: (310) 287-4487


Until Further Notice:

In-person services, including Wardrobe, Food Pantry, and Shower Facilities, are closed due to LACCD directive on COVID-19. The Basic Needs Program is committed to supporting students and will continue to do so via online services.

Basic Needs Program

The Basic Needs Program supports students by connecting them to on & off-campus resources and community referrals. Basic Needs encompasses those very necessities to survive: Food and Shelter. 
We work with you holistically, through a case management model to identify your needs, whether it be food, shelter, health & wellness, a stable income, etc. Then, we link you to available resources to keep you going, having a better chance of focusing and continuing school. 
Check out our WLAC Basic Needs Resource Guide. For further assistance, live chat with a representative or make an appointment HERE


Faculty & Staff: Know a student who might benefit from additional support? Make a referral HERE.


Wardrobe & Food Pantry

We know that it's difficult to focus on your homework when you're worried about meeting your basic needs. To assist in this area, West has established a professional Wardrobe and Food Pantry supported by donations from the community and West employees and students.


Support Services

West has a number of support services which assist students with covering educational and living expenses and succeed academically. West students can receive free or low cost health care at the Student Health Center and child care at the Child Development Center.


Shower Facilities

Students enrolled in a credit or non-credit class at West, who are in good standing with the college, may use the gym's shower facilties, located in PEC-S (Women) and PEC-N (Men), Monday – Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm during the Fall and Spring semesters. Any questions, call (310) 287-8301. Hours may be different during the Winter and Summer sessions and the showers will be closed on campus holidays. NOTE: Due to COVID-19, showers are not currently available.



Our Academic Counseling and other offices can also connect you to housing, legal and social services outside the campus. 


211 Logo and Link to 211 web pageLearn more about local off-campus resources for financial assistance, health care, housing, legal assistance, employment and more.