Homelessness and Housing

Permanent supportive housing solutions for homeless seniors 55 and older.

Social Services

Comprehensive case management includes counseling, referrals for medical and mental health services, securing more independent living.

Customized Goals

Vocational training, job placement, career services, and goal setting are discussed with the resident on a 1:1 basis.

Community Activities

Residents are invited to take part in community activities such as art class, fitness, lunches, bingo, gardening, and prayer services.

Physical/Mental Health Services

Mental health services take place on site. These include: counseling individuals, facilitating groups, and medication delivery

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Eligibility, if applicable: CCD relies on the Dallas Homeless Coordinated Access managed by MDHA to ensure that the most vulnerable and disadvantaged are screened and selected to be placed at St. Jude Center. St. Jude Center does not thus accept any outside referrals or calls for residency.

Reducing Homelessness

This year, St. Jude Center has helped people like Jimmy regain hope and purpose in their life journey.

In fiscal year 2019-2020, St. Jude Center served 115 chronically homeless seniors — providing them a place to sleep, eat, and have fellowship among one another.

Residents receive personalized resources and support on their journey to self-sufficiency.

More than 100 formerly chronically homeless seniors have a place to call home.

Through private philanthropy, public-private partnerships and contracts with public agencies, we are able to provide short-term housing, along with permanent supportive housing solutions.

The St. Jude project proposes to provide critically needed safe and affordable housing to persons 55 years or older who have experienced homelessness. Within that group, we have two additional priorities: Veterans and “super utilizers’ of public systems. In order to provide a safe, manageable, and supportive community, the resident mix will be balanced among those with high supportive care needs, moderate needs, and low needs. Residents will receive intensive case management from skilled staff of Catholic Charities and other key partner agencies, assistance with referrals for supportive service needs, and will have the opportunity to engage in social support activities within the community of St. Jude.

Assisting with Basic Needs

The first responsibility is to ensure access to food, clothing, medical care and financial entitlements. These activities may require case managers to leave their offices to accompany their clients to various places within the community or secure agencies to provide these services on site.

Transportation will be offered to the residents in two (2) ways:

  • Bus vouchers provided will be for travel to and from employment interviews, appointments to access public benefits and for other purposes deemed appropriate by the Case Manager. All Case Managers will complete and keep on file a log of which residents receive these bus passes. These bus passes will be issued monthly if the resident is in good standing and is actively pursuing, if applicable, employment, attending appointments, etc.
  • On-site transportation may be available in limited accessibility for scheduled doctor appointments.

Treatment Services

All residents will have access to professional diagnostic and treatment services for their presenting problems. Services in this area may be delivered by the case management agency or by other providers through referrals arrangements. Progress will be monitored through the RSP.

Crisis Assistance

Case Managers of residents living at St. Jude will be responsive to their clients who are in crisis. Focus of the response will be on assisting resolution of the crisis in ways that preserve tenancy. This may result in multiple meetings for the duration of the crisis, to strategize staff and the resident. Case management providers without 24-hour crisis assistance services will address plans with St. Jude Social Services Site Manager about effective interventions that can be employed when the case management agency is unavailable (depending on the residents’ agency protocol). St. Jude Social Services Site Manager maintains a 24-hour on-call system for staff needing consultation or support about any St. Jude resident.

Meaningful Activity

Case Managers (St. Jude and partner agencies) will work with their clients who reside at St. Jude to develop plans to fill the resident’s day with activity the resident defines as meaningful and beneficial (e.g. recreation, volunteer activity, day programs, employment). This helps the resident to avoid isolation, boredom and the potential for resumption of dysfunctional behavior.

Social Support

Case Managers at. St. Jude and partner agencies will work together with their clients to facilitate the development of a network of friends, family, and professionals who can socially support the resident’s stability in St. Jude.

Stories of Hope

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