We are a community based support system for the more than 225 homeless high school students that call Brevard County "home".
Having new clothes always boosts your confidence and puts a smile on your face.
No child, at any age, should miss a meal.
We show them they are not forgotten.
All he wanted was movie tickets so he could feel normal and enjoy himself, but what he got was hope. He's graduated and now in the Air Force.
Caring for her ailing mother and needed a computer to study English proficiency and do homework. She finished out her sophomore year successfully.
These two were with friends while their parents were in a tent in Wickham Park. Sashe cried tears of joy when she received a phone and minutes so she could talk to her mother every day.
Our identity, values, and actions are the core of our cause.
Homeless High was established in 2013 after Founder, Tammy Burley heard about a junior at Satellite High School who was living in her car in the parking lot of a nearby shopping center. She was stunned. She was in awe of the will power. Homeless and still making it to class? Homeless and still making the grades? What determination. How inspiring. There had to be some way the community could help her.
In the two weeks that passed Tammy was able to raise over $2,000 through the support of friends, family and strangers. That year Homeless High’s budding Secret Santa program helped 12 Brevard County homeless high school students with gas money, toiletries, food, clothes, shoes and a special personal gift to make their Christmas special. She wanted these inspiring students to know they were special and that the community, her community, their community was there to help.
The following year the Founder was captivated by the story about a sophomore student who had lost his mother and was couch hopping nightly. He had been with different friends and relatives for a long time. The year after, a story about another girl living in a car with her Aunt in Palm Bay was brought to Tammy’s attention. The most amazing aspect of these stories is that these kids, yeah kids, stayed in school against all odds. They mustered up the strength and determination to change the direction of their lives. How inspiring. How profound to have that kind of determination while enduring the most challenging of situations. How absolutely amazing that these young adults were overcoming such an obstacle and championing their future. Many on their own, without their parents.
After several years of story after story, trying to find additional financial support and trying her best to make a difference she decided to turn her passion to make a difference for these students into something others could take part in, permanently. That’s when she decided she had to make Homeless High real, in a way others could contribute and know the contribution had an immediate and direct impact. She wanted to share the opportunity for other to express their support. In 2016, the Homeless High Foundation was established as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization Brevard County got its first and only charity to support homeless high school students.
Our outreach is made possible with the partnership with Brevard County School’s and their appointed homeless liaison’s. If you know of a homeless high school student in need please contact us.