Depaul USA is working to end college homelessness through the Dax Program. The Dax Program assists homeless and housing insecure students at St. John’s University in New York City.
The Dax Program addresses students’ immediate crises of homelessness by providing stable and safe housing. The Dax Program provides students with various services that support a successful path toward the continuation and completion of their studies. These include:
- Case management
- Counseling referrals
- Food stipends
- Textbook assistance
- Educational reimbursements
Dax House Participation Requirements
- Be currently enrolled at St. John’s University
- Working a minimum of ten hours per week
- Pay $150 in monthly rent
- Adhere to the Dax House guidelines
“Maya is a pre-med student originally from North Carolina. Her family was incredibly supportive of her move to New York to be the first one in the family to graduate college. When the pandemic hit in 2020, Maya’s father lost his job leaving both of her parents unemployed. When her mother was hospitalized with COVID-19, Maya took a semester off to work full-time to try to help with the bills. Her parents were not able to afford Maya’s rent in New York City anymore.
Life got a little harder for Maya. Back at school for her final year, her grades took a turn for the worse so she had a stop working. She did not have any family members in New York she could live with and was months overdue in rent and could not always afford food.
Thanks to the Dax program, Maya is now able to stay in college, live in New York, and graduate. Maya shared, “the Dax Program provided me with housing, academic, and financial assistance. It’s also great to work with a case manager to make sure I am on track to graduate and have a plan for post-grad. This opportunity is priceless to me and I am forever grateful.”