Depaul USA currently has two programs focused on addressing youth homelessness
Depaul USA established the Dax Program in 2015 to address the issue of college homelessness. In partnership with DePaul University in Chicago, the program has expanded to Philadelphia and New York. It houses students from 15 local universities.
The Dax program provides students with the following:
- Safe and affordable housing so they can concentrate on their studies.
- Book stipends, tutoring, and transportation assistance.
- Essential needs assistance, including food, clothing, and hygiene supplies.
- On-going support and coordination with community programs.
- Physical and Mental Health support to help manage and succeed in school.
- Career Counseling to explore their interests and find a career that is a good fit.
- Leadership development opportunities to develop skills to be effective leaders.
- Employment assistance, including work readiness and resume development.
- Budgeting and life skills workshops to help them prepare for life after college.
- Networking opportunities to help them connect with potential employers.
The Dax program has three primary goals:
Obtain employment and increase earnings potential.
- 75% of participants will have increased income through employment.
- 90% of residents will maintain progress towards college graduation.
Improve connections made to behavioral and physical health services.
- 50% of residents will receive primary care services in the first six months.
- 80% of residents with identified behavioral health needs will be connected to community services.
Increase housing stability.
- 95% of residents will exit to permanent housing.
St. Lazare House
Depaul USA opened the St. Lazare House in St. Louis to house homeless youth ages 18-24. This program provides 15-units of permanent supportive housing for disabled, single, unaccompanied and chronically homeless youth. The end goal is for tenants to move into permanent housing of their own to become contributing members of the community.
Services provided include:
- On-site programing
- Community-based instruction
- Connecting to community resources
- Acquiring employment
- Applying for benefits and connection to health care
- Recovery and community support services