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Homeless Students

Community Resource Guide

Are You or Someone You Care About:

 - In a shelter, motel, vehicle or campground?
 - On the street, in an abandoned building or in another inadequate accommodation?
 - Temporarily staying with other people because you have nowhere else to live?
 - Supporting yourself, but at risk of losing housing?
 - On the verge of a crisis?

If you’re on your own but lack financial resources to secure stable housing, help may be available. 

You may qualify as an independent student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when applying for federal financial aid for college. Speak with any of the following people to discuss your eligibility:

-  A Daytona State Financial aid advisor who can help you complete your FAFSA;
-  A representative of DSC’s Center for Women and Men (Building 300, Room 227), who can offer college and community resources and referrals to help you stay in school;
-  The local homeless education liaison in your school district (if you are dual-enrolled);
-  The director of a HUD-funded or Runaway and Homeless Youth Act-funded shelter where you have stayed or received services. 

Community Resources for Student Poverty & Homelessness

Call: 2-1-1  or

Halifax Health Community Clinic offers family practice style services, including preventative care, sick care, and family planning.

Halifax Health Keech Pediatric Neighborhood Care provides a full range of pediatric care for patients up to the age of 18, by appointment or walk-in.xalea 

- Azalea Health Open in Daytona most insurances accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare, sliding fee scale for qualifying patients

- Healthy Start/Family Place Volusia Flagler access site to apply for Medicaid and food stamps, assistance with locating community resources, Help Me Grow Screening

You are not alone! Get the help you need to keep moving forward. 

Center for Women and Men

  • Food Pantry
  • Transportation 
  • Emergency Shelter Resources
  • Computer Lab with free printing
  • Clothes Closet
  • Laundry Vouchers
  • School Supplies

Daytona Campus 
1200 West International Speedway Blvd. 
Daytona Beach FL 32114 
Greene Center (Building 300, 2ND Floor), Room 227F 
(386) 506-3068 

Regional Campus Contacts for all Center for Women & Men Resources:

Flagler Palm Coast Campus Contact:

Alexis Johnson, Counselor, Counseling & Accessibility Services, Building 2, Room 101H,, 386-246-4824

Deland Campus Contact:

Bernice Ruiz, Counselor, Counseling & Accessibility Services, Room, 136, 386-785-2082

Deltona Campus Contact:

Bethany Session, Counselor, Counseling & Accessibility Services, Room 231,, 386-789-7316

New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater Campus Contact:

Rose Stuart, Counselor, Counseling & Accessibility Services,, 386-506-3657

Advanced Technology College Campus Contact:

Counseling & Accessibility Services,, 386-506-3328


Frequently Asked Questions


How does a student verify homeless status to receive services?

In accordance with statute 1009.25 (1)(f), students who lack a fixed residence are eligible to receive a waiver for their tuition (books and supplies are NOT included). Students must provide a letter on letterhead from a Florida agency whose mission is to assist homeless individuals.  The student must be residing in Florida while taking classes. Letters must be dated within 30 days of the start date of classes. Letters will be verified one week prior to the start date of classes. The student must still be receiving services from the agency at the time of verification.


What if I wanted someone to talk to that understands my situation?


  1. Students receiving the homeless exemption are assigned a staff/faculty mentor who will monitor progress, advocate for needs, and serve as a campus and community resource.   It is crucial that students maintain regular correspond with their mentors for best success.


Do I need a Florida ID?


  1. Students are encouraged to obtain Florida identification within an academic year of obtaining a homeless exemption.


How long can I receive the tuition exemption?

 1. Students who have already obtained a Bachelor’s degree or beyond may not be eligible for a Homeless Exemption. 

 2. Students receiving the Homeless Exemption are expected to maintain a semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, meet the standards of academic progress, and demonstrate gains towards degree completion.  If a student withdraws from ALL registered classes while utilizing a homeless fee exemption, they may not be eligible for future Homeless Fee Exemptions.  This is appeal eligible with documentation proving extenuating circumstances.


What if I still need more money to support myself while in school?


  1. Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.  *Please see the following Info Guide for assistance:



What other services are offered to students experiencing homelessness?


  • 31-day bus passes are typically distributed until Financial Aid is disbursed.  If for some reason a student is not Financial Aid eligible, or the program of study is not Financial Aid eligible, students may continue to receive transportation assistance.
  •  Students may be eligible for a DSC gym membership after one complete semester with a 2.0 or better GPA.
  •  Students receiving Homeless Fee Exemption are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor each semester to ensure academic success and best planning practices.
  •  Weekly laundry vouchers, soap and dryer sheets are available.
  •  Daytona State College offers an extensive food program with snacks, lunches, and a food pantry
  •  Students are able to access the gym for a shower
  •  Students are offered free haircuts compliments of our Cosmetology & Barbering program


For any and all above services, students may speak to Zoe Messenger in the Center for Women & Men.  The Center for Women & Men is a one-stop location for enrolled DSC students experiencing homeless, potential homelessness, and/or food insecurities.  


*Please email or call Zoe for assistance:


Zoe Messenger – 386-506-3434

Daytona Beach Building 300 Rm. 227A





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Last updated: 2020-06-30T15:07:18.506Z