A new home for high school students without one will soon be a reality at R. B. Stall High School.
The project, Mickey’s House, is based off a similar Missouri project, known as Joe’s Place home. After a teacher read an article about Joe’s Place, which offered a safe place to stay for students that were homeless in high school, Mickey’s House slowly began to become a reality in North Charleston.
A statewide count in 2016 found that 380 families, and some 759 kids under 18, experienced homelessness at some point during the year.
Mickey’s House will focus on young men who are already on track to graduate and, through no fault of their own, have found themselves without a place to stay. Initially there will be room for four students at the home, but the project includes plans to expand to house six young men, and eventually create a home dedicated to young women as well.
Project Home teamed up with the Charleston County School District to create Mickey’s House, and the district says that if the project goes well, they hope to create similar homes at all their district high schools.
A groundbreaking ceremony involving district officials, R.B. Stall High School administrators, and local business leaders was held May 1. The project is expected to be completed before the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.