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For Youth

Depaul USA currently has two programs focused on addressing youth homelessness

Dax Program

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, New York, and Los Angeles. It houses students from 15 local universities.

The Dax program provides students with the following:

  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Book stipends, tutoring, and transportation assistance
  • Essential needs assistance, including food, clothing, and hygiene supplies
  • Physical and mental health support
  • Career employment assistance
  • Career Counseling & leadership development opportunities
  • Budgeting and life skills workshops

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

Brian

“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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