NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Local business leaders, R.B. Stall High School administrators and Charleston County School District officials kick started construction Monday for Mickey's House, a home for homeless students attending R.B. Stall High School.
"Sometimes you take home for granted. But when you don't have one, it's certainly a problem," Angela Henderson, Project Hope chairperson, said.
Mickey's House aims to be the solution for students at Stall High dealing with homelessness. According to the 2016 "Point in Time" statewide homeless count, more than 380 South Carolina families experienced homelessness last year, including 759 kids under eighteen.
"We're targeting young adult men age seventeen and above in their junior and senior year of high school who through no fault of their home have found themselves displaced and homeless and are on track to graduate," Henderson said.
Project Home and Charleston County School District are teaming up on the project, based off Joe's Place home in Missouri.
"This is going to be about four young men this year that really doesn't know what's in the future for them,"North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said. "But they need guidance and they someone to care for them and to show they care for them."
The home will serve four young men, with the hopes of expanding after the pilot year to six teens as well as a home dedicated to young women.
"As we continue to show the community the significance of our home and the value to the community, our goal is to have these houses for every high school in the district," Henderson said.
Construction for Mickey's House is expected to be completed by the start of the 2017-2018 Charleston County academic year, according to project leaders.