Volusia County Schools’ student population includes approximately 2,000 homeless students. This includes around 200 unaccompanied youth that are on their own but continue to attend school even though they have no guardian or stable housing. It is estimated that there are an additional 600 preschool children that are homeless in our community plus nearly 100 unaccompanied youth as students at Daytona State College. Homeless families are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population constituting over 40% of America’s homeless people. Family homelessness is often caused by a medical or financial event leading to a family losing their residence.
Hope Place Services to the Community include 24x7x365 security and resident assistants, plus day staff for case management and rehousing specialists. Guests will attend budgeting, parenting, and life skills classes, as well as tutoring and educational opportunities for children. Several resources will open before the end of 2018 to serve not only the residents of Hope Place but also the local community. A daycare center will open in July 2018 offering Early Head Start, Head Start, and after school programs. A new Volusia County Park and Library will be completed along Derbyshire Road. Plans are underway to build a community garden in Fall 2018.
How long will guests be able to live at Hope Place Family Center? The goal is to help families move out and live independently within 90 days either by their own savings and efforts or through our rapid rehousing program grant funding. Guests with unique challenges may be allowed to stay longer in an apartment unit. Case managers will help guide guests to find employment, connect with other appropriate service providers and develop a plan to independence.
What Hope Place IS NOT. Hope Place is not a shelter for single or chronically homeless “street people”. There will be no services for single adults that do not have minor children living with them. Hope Place is not a domestic abuse shelter, not a mental health treatment center and not a drug rehabilitation center, not a public soup kitchen or food pantry, and not a walk up center.
Purchase your Brick now....Buy a brick Program. Now open for you to purchase a 4×8 engraved brick to be placed on the sidewalk and front entrance of the admin building. If you would like to be a part of the history of the New Hope place buy your brick now.