Programs

Philadelphia

Depaul USA has five programs in Philadelphia that provide services for men and women who are homeless.

Program Overview

Depaul USA opened its first program in Philadelphia in 2009. Operating four different programs and a social enterprise, Depaul USA’s services provide comprehensive services to help individuals transition from homelessness to lives of greater stability and fulfilment.

Programs in Philadelphia provide various services to help individuals exit homelessness; including:

  • Housing
  • Case management
  • Financial education
  • Consumer-centered employment assistance

Programs

Depaul USA’s first program, Depaul House, is a 27-room transitional housing facility for men in Philadelphia. This program is innovative in its employment-focused approach to help men move out of homelessness. It seeks to achieve systemic change; breaking the cycle of poverty by working with people who are living on the margins and integrating them into the community.

Depaul USA is working to end college homelessness through the Dax Program. Founded in Chicago in 2015, Depaul USA is expanding the program to Philadelphia to open in February 2020. A 24-room Dax House is planned for the former convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Philadelphia. This Dax House will address 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: housing, case management, counseling referrals, transportation, food stipends, textbook assistance and educational reimbursements.

Provides permanent housing though scattered-site units with short-term subsidies and case management assistance. Depaul USA houses 25-35 employed men per year in scattered-site units throughout Philadelphia and helps individuals maintain their housing.

Depaul USA opened St. Raymond’s House in 2015 to provide permanent supportive housing for 27 men and women with chronic medical conditions and a history of housing instability. Staff work with residents to identify goals that will help them maintain their tenancy.
St. Raymond’s House, is located in the East Mount Airy neighborhood and hosts an on-site medical clinic one day per week staffed by students from Drexel University College of Medicine.

Immaculate Cleaning Services (ICS) is a for-profit commercial cleaning franchise, operated by Depaul USA, which offers employment opportunities to Depaul House residents and graduates. Visit http://www.icsphila.org/ for more information.

Outcomes

In 2018, Philadelphia programs served 245 people.

60 male residents

82% secured employment

Provided 21,816 meals

87% of the residents completed the program and moved to permanent housing.

95% of the residents increased or obtained benefits

Housed 31 adults

94% of the residents remained housed for more than one year.

Earned the highest score for a Permanent Supportive Housing renewal project in the local Continuum of Care competition submitted to HUD

Housed 88 individuals

95% transitioned to permanent housing

85% remained housed one year after leaving the program.

Provided case management services to 66 individuals recovering through respite care.

Herbert

Herbert could no longer afford rent and was evicted from his home. He sought help from Depaul USA and we provided him with a room at Depaul House. Herbert’s goals were to improve his health, get a job, reconnect with his family and move into his own place. While working on these objectives, Herbert became overwhelmed. He started using drugs. Herbert wanted to enroll in a residential drug treatment center but he was afraid he would lose his room at Depaul House. We assured Herbert that he could return to Depaul House when he finished the treatment program.

Thirty days later, Herbert returned to Depaul House with a smile on his face saying he felt stronger than ever before. Currently, Herbert is doing well. He continues to attend outpatient treatment and has a full-time job at a local college. He reconnected with his family and moved into his own apartment. He says, “Depaul USA believed in me even when I could not. I can’t believe that I have my own place!”

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