St Jude Center

The Goal

The Dallas area is in crisis, lacking well over 1,000 housing units for people suffering homelessness. In response to this situation, Catholic Charities Dallas (CCD) and the Catholic Housing Initiative (CHI) collaborated to erase 10% of the shortage by delivering permanent supportive housing.

The Project

St Jude Inc, a member of CHI, acquired its first property in northwest Dallas for this purpose in December, 2017 and another in December, 2020. 

Formation of these properties is based on a simple thought, adaptive reuse of a prior senior home and a hotel can provide a cost effective method to provide much needed units for individuals working hard to bring stability to their lives.

Answering the Call

Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance ("MDHA") conducts a census of homelessness each year. In January, 2018 MDHA found that the problem is no longer just a central city issue and it is more severe (e.g., encampments) than in the past. Both CHI and CCD are charitable, mission driven and view the project as a moral imperative. There are many other benefits to the community. Most important is the opportunity to restore dignity and independence for the residents of the project. The “housing first” model coupled with wrap around social services creates a better outcome of success for abolishing homelessness. Our success also mitigates visible symptoms of failure to house and care for people’s well-being and healthcare. And police and public health costs are diminished when people are at home in permanent supportive housing.

The Benefit

St. Jude Centers provide housing coupled with case management to 284 homeless persons in our area when we fully open our Park Central location in 4th quarter 2021. A collaborative network including CCD, City Square, MetroCare, Veterans Administration (VASH), and MDHA identifies the men and women needing housing and guides them to St Jude Center.

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. CCD offers workforce training and financial education coaching to all residents. With the intensive one-on-one coaching provided by the program, many residents will return to the workforce and be self-sufficient. CCD case managers 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 address the complex problem of homelessness by helping members of our community regain a sense of security, increased well-being and self-respect.

St Jude Center - Forest

St Jude Center Forest is a Partnership between Catholic Housing Initiative and Catholic Charities opening in 104 units in August, 2018.  The property was built in 1981 as retirement apartments and is zoned for seniors 55 & over. The property has excellent DART bus service and easy access to DART rail. The property received a complete renovation to upgrade landscaping and parking, refresh finishes, upgrade in-unit kitchens, modernize common area, and bring MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) systems into new condition. It is now open and filling rapidly.

Phone: 866-223-7500

2920 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75234

All applications must be made onsite at apartment or online through the link below.

St Jude Center - Park Central

St Jude Center Park Central is the second location in CHI's Partnership with Catholic Charities opening in 180 units in 4th quarter 2021.  The property was built in 1969 as hotel and is zoned as mixed use. The property has excellent DART bus service and easy access to DART rail. The property is in the middle of a complete renovation to upgrade landscaping and parking, refresh finishes, upgrade in-unit kitchens, modernize common area, and bring MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) systems into new condition.

Phone: 866-223-7500

8102 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75251

All applications must be made onsite at apartment or online through the link below.