Falcon HOPE Center

Falcon HOPE Center

Our mission is to prepare, empower, and support a diverse student population in achieving their educational, professional, and personal goals. 

Support Provided

  • Food Pantry
  • Emergency Transportation 
  • Emergency Shelter Resources
  • Computer Lab with free printing
  • Professional Clothing Closet
  • Laundry Vouchers
  • School Supplies
Dr. Nadia Flanigan at Spring 2022 Welcome Back event

DOJ-OVW Grant

Daytona State College was awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). This grant has provided funding for the establishment and continuation of efforts to create awareness and combat the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and cyberstalking.  The Cultivating Awareness through Responsibility and Empowerment (CARE) committee, which consists of a team of college staff and community partners, was established as part of this grant to help meet mandatory requirements for training, awareness, and prevention and to coordinate access to community-based victim advocacy and services. Community partners include Volusia Rape Crisis Center, Family Life Center in Flagler County, the Office of the State Attorney 7th Judicial Court, and Daytona Beach Police Department.

Falcon HOPE Center

Housing Insecurity FAQ's

Contact Us

falconhopecenter@DaytonaState.edu 
(386) 506-3068

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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 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

Falcon HOPE Center

Contact Us

Daytona Beach Campus
Forough B. Hosseini Hall (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

Summer Hours: May 16 - Aug 6

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - Noon

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