Dax Program | Depaul Charity

Depaul helps individuals who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Dax Program

LocationWho we help
ChicagoDePaul University students who are facing homelessness
How we helpHow to volunteer or get involved
Provide short-term housing with host families or housing through the Dax House to help students stay on track to graduateVolunteer to open your home to a student in need by becoming a Host Home. Donate to Depaul USA to support the operating costs of the Dax House.
Contact detailsAbout us
Director Emily Edwards at emily.edwards@depaulusa.orgIndividuals in the program can get counseling, access to resources, and support needed to reach graduation

Student Homelessness

Homelessness on college campuses is a widespread phenomenon. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that there are 58,000 college and university students facing homelessness across the country. A recent national survey of university and college students revealed that 36% of respondents were housing insecure, and 9% of four-year college and university students were homeless in the past year (Wisconsin HOPE Lab, 2018). The issue of homelessness among DePaul University students was highlighted by the DePaul University Dean of Students Office at the Fall 2014 Vincentian Family Gathering in  Chicago. DePaul University estimates that 50 students are homeless or housing insecure in a given academic quarter.

About the Dax Program

To address the issue of college homelessness in Chicago, Depaul USA established the Dax Program in 2014. This innovative program provides housing, case management, counseling referrals, transportation, food, textbook assistance, and educational reimbursements to homless or housing insecure college students. The program's theory of change is that education is the gateway to future independence and personal fulfillment. The program is therefore designed to provide supports to move students towards graduation.

The Dax House

Initially, the Dax Program matched DePaul students with host families (volunteers who open their homes to students). Gradually, the program evolved to include more housing options to fit specific students’ needs including an apartment and dorm room. In October 2017, Depaul USA opened its first Dax House. The house provides six (6) students and a house manager a place to call home. Students pay minimum rent of $150 per month and are asked to work ten (10) hours a week. Upon graduation, students remain in the Dax Program for an additional three (3) months to ensure a smooth transition into the workforce and market rate housing. A second Dax House will open in 2019.


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