Child Care & Other Support

The Center for Men & Women

We're here to help you navigate lifes personal challenges so you can concentrate on taking classes and making it all the way to graduation.

Support Provided

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

DSC Center for Men & Women

The Family Place Daytona is OPEN!

Health & Support Resources

Location

868 George W. Engram Blvd., Rm. 216
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(Located in The Chiles Academy)

Office Hours

Monday: by appointment only
Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Family Places provides:

  • Access to computers
  • Information on Community Services
  • DCF ACCESS Community Partner: access to online & paper applications for Medicaid, food stamps and cash assistance
  • Phone/Printer/Fax/Copy machine access for application related documents
  • Access to public transportation
  • Support and Care Coordination for pregnant and parenting women

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:

  • Daytona State Financial aid advisor who can help you complete your FAFSA;
  • A representative of DSC’s Center for Women and Men (Building 130- Forough B. Hosseini Hall), 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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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?

    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?

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

  • How long can I receive the tuition exemption?

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

    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?

    Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. 

  • 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 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 academis 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.  

    Zoe Messenger
    Daytona Beach Campus,  Building 130
    (386) 506-3434
    Zoe.Messenger@DaytonaState.edu

Center for Men & Women

Contact Us

Daytona Beach Campus, Building 130
(386) 506-3068

Deland Campus
Bernice.Ruiz@DaytonaState.edu
(386) 785-2082

Deltona Campus
Bethany.Session@DaytonaState.edu
(386) 789-7316

New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater Campus
Rose.Stuart@DaytonaState.edu
(386) 506-3657

Flagler Palm Coast Campus
Alexis.Johnson@DaytonaState.edu
(386) 246-4824

Advanced Technology College
Michelle.Wallis@DaytonaState.edu
(386) 506-3328

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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