Our Partners

St. Jude Project

There is a need for permanent supportive housing in the Dallas area and Catholic Charities Dallas (CCD) in collaboration with the Catholic Housing Initiative (CHI) are acquiring and operating more than 100 efficiencies suites to meet some of this need. Together, our organizations have secured a property in Northwest Dallas. The property was built as retirement apartments in 1981, with excellent DART bus service and access to the DART rail. Upon completion of renovations, CCD will manage the property and oversee service providers. 

Both CHI and CCD are charitable, mission-driven and reflexively view the project as worth doing simply as a moral imperative. Equally important, though, are many benefits to the community. Most important is the opportunity to restore dignity and independence for the residents of the project. Using a “housing first” model coupled with wrap around social services has been proven to create a better outcome of success for abolishing homelessness. With this approach, one mitigates visible symptoms of failure to house and care for people’s well-being and healthcare.   In addition, police and public health costs are diminished when people are placed in permanent supportive housing.

St. Jude Center will provide housing with client services ranging from moderate to intensive case management to more than 100 homeless persons in our area. We believe this comprehensive and collaborative approach is the most effective and cost-efficient manner to help address the growing challenge of serving the homeless population. A collaborative network including City Square, MetroCare, VASH (Veterans Administration Supportive Housing), who provide onsite supportive services. MDHA (Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance) will guide project start-up as well as to identify the men and women to be the initial residents.

CCD’s Financial Stability and Career Services is part of the Communities Foundation of Texas Working Families Success Cohort, which follows a model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. As such, CCD will be in a unique position to offer workforce training and financial education coaching to all residents. With the intensive one-on-one coaching provided by the program, we expect that some if not many residents will return to the workforce and be self-sufficient within two years. CCD case managers will also oversee care coordination for residents needing additional services utilizing partner agencies to deliver them, e.g., reentry, recovery, and veterans’ services, mental health counseling, housing transition assistance, and benefits counseling.

Through St Jude Center, CHI and CCD will address the complex problem of homelessness by helping members of our community regain a sense of security, increased well-being and their self-respect.

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