VOLUSIA’S HOMELESS.

THEY’RE NOT WHO YOU THINK.

1 in 5
HOMELESS IS A CHILD
27%
CHILDREN LIVE IN POVERTY
3,000
KNOWN HOMELESS CHILDREN IN VOLUSIA COUNTY
#44
VOLUSIA’S POVERTY RANK

OUR MISSION AT HOPE PLACE


Restore Dignity

RESTORE DIGNITY

Families and children who enter the doors of Hope Place, for the most part, have broken spirits. They question their value as individuals and parents. Hope Place’s staff will help these families develop a renewed sense of self-worth.

Renew Dreams

RENEW DREAMS

Hope Place will give families and children the confidence and skills to rebuild their futures in a stable, clean and safe environment.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOPE PLACE

WHAT IS HOPE PLACE?

It is a conversion of the old Hurst Elementary School to a family center serving homeless students, children & their families. It will be offering many resources that can also benefit the surrounding neighborhood. Guests will be admitted based on referrals from social service agencies and prescreened during their intake to make sure their background makes them a good candidate to live in a family center and neighborhood. Hope Place will provide a safe, stable environment with the resources needed for families to quickly move on to their own permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

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.

  • Shelter for the chronic homeless
  • Shelter for single adults
  • Drop-in facility without referral
  • Feeding place for non-residents
  • Drug or alcohol treatment center
  • Domestic abuse shelter
  • Housing for parents who are not willing to look for a job
  • Shelter for youth who do not attend school

HOW LONG CAN SOMEONE LIVE AT HOPE PLACE?

The goal is help families move out and live independently within a few months, although some guests may be allowed to stay longer. Case managers will help guests find employment, develop interviewing and job skills and more. In our current undersized and poorly located emergency family housing program most families stay for approximately 3 months before moving into permanent housing.

WHAT HOPE PLACE IS

A refuge where people in despair – mostly not of their own choosing, are granted a few months to regroup, to be able to find a job, to save enough money to rent an apartment. They and their children are in a safe location and have food and basic necessities to survive.

  • Temporary housing for families with children
  • Temporary housing for unaccompanied youth enrolled in school
  • A safe environment where families in dire straits can regain stability and rebuild their lives with their children

WHY THIS NEIGHBORHOOD?

Hurst Elementary is the only school on the east side of the county that the school board deemed surplus!

HOPE PLACE FEATURES

26
TEMPORARY EMERGENCY HOUSING ROOMS
9
TRANSITIONAL EFFICIENCY UNITS
24/7
SECURITY/ RESIDENT ASSISTANTS

OTHER FEATURES

  • HOUSING SPECIALISTS
  • BUDGETING, PARENTING, LIFE SKILLS CLASSES
  • TUTORING AND EDUCATIONAL OPPURTUNITIES
  • COMMUNITY GARDEN
  • COMPUTER LAB AND LIBRARY CENTER
  • GED CLASSES THROUGH DAYTONA STATE COLLEGE
  • VOLUNTARY PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
  • FAMILY COUNSELING