Basic Needs Law and Legal Definition

Basic needs refer to those things that are necessary to sustain life. It is the minimum requirements of a community for a decent standard of life. Basic needs consists of adequate food, shelter, and clothing plus some household equipment and furniture. They also include essential services provided by and for the community-at-large such as safe drinking water, sanitation, health and education.

The following is an example of a case law on basic needs:

Medical care for a life threatening condition can be a basic need. [State v. Bunting, 112 Ore. App. 143, 145 (Or. Ct. App. 1992)].