For Youth

Depaul USA currently has two programs focused on addressing youth homelessness

Dax Program

To address the issue of college homelessness, Depaul USA established the Dax Program in 2014. The program provides support to move students towards graduation.

In Chicago and Philadelphia this innovative program provides:

  • Housing
  • Case management
  • Counseling referrals
  • Transportation
  • Food stipends
  • Textbook assistance
  • Educational reimbursements

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


“Since moving into St. Lazare House, I have maintained employment for over six months, which is a huge achievement for me. In the past, I have only held a job for a month or less. I moved into St. Lazare House a year ago and feel much more secure and stable. I no longer have to move from place to place and worry about where I will sleep or eat. I am thankful to St. Lazare and the staff here. Most of all, I am proud of myself and how far I have come in only one year.”

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