Basic Needs and Emergency Support
Safe and secure access to food, housing, and health care are critical to your academic success. If you struggle with these basic needs, you are not alone. These resources can help, so you can focus on learning.
- The Fueling Dragons program offers a number of resources for food and nutrition assistance, from an on-campus food pantry to recipes, video tutorials, and workshops. Links to community resources are also available.
- HCC's Counseling Center can provide guidance to finding resources for a range of issues from mental health, addiction, and domestic violence to assistance with housing, child care, and energy needs.
- The Wellness Center offers programs for stress reduction, health, and personal well-being.
- For urgent mental health or substance abuse issues, see our emergency counseling service page.
- A number of community resources are available to support various needs - listed here.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency call 9-1-1. For emergency mental health services call the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center at 410-531-6677, or go directly to the Howard County General Hospital Emergency Room (410-740-7777).
- For help paying for college, explore options and speak to an advisor about financial aid and scholarships.
The HCCEF Student Helping Hands Fund provides emergency financial assistance to enrolled students who are taking a minimum of six credits. Emergencies must be related to daily living expenses (e.g., rent, childcare, and transportation). The Helping Hands Fund may not be used to pay tuition, fees, or book costs. Disbursements are limited based on available funds. The same individual may only obtain a disbursement once in a twelve-month period. Students may contact Financial Aid Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or Counseling and Career Services at email@example.com or on (443) 518-1340 to discuss their eligibility to apply.
- Career Links is a program for single parents and displaced homemakers to help them achieve educational goals.
- Howard P.R.I.D.E. (purpose, respect, initiative, determination, excellence) encourages the continued academic, professional, and personal development of Black male students.
- Ambiciones supports the unique needs of first-generation Hispanic/Latinx students from admission to graduation.
- Step UP coaching offers one on one support for managing the challenges of college and life.
- Student Support Services (TRIO) provides additional academic and services support for students who are low-income, first-generation, or have documented disabilities.