St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Individuals and families build permanent, positive change in their lives through safe and affordable housing, sound mental and physical health, and employment and financial stability.

In fiscal year 2016, St. Patrick Center directly assisted 7,182 clients:
• 82% were from St. Louis City
• 12% were from St. Louis County
• 6% were from 32 other surrounding counties

Poverty and Income

Approximately 93% of St. Patrick Center clients had an income below the national poverty threshold ($12,060/year) in the fiscal year 2016. The average annual income of clients was approximately $5,000, or about $2.50/hour.

Persons living below the national poverty threshold in 2015

United States: 13.5%             Missouri: 14.8%            St. Louis, MO-IL, Metro Area: 12.2%
(Sources: Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015 (United States Census), Poverty: 2014 and 2015 American Community Survey Briefs (United States Census) Poverty: 2014 and 2015 American Community Survey Briefs (United States Census)

Estimated hourly living wages for St. Louis City in 2017:

Household Size  1 Adult 1 Adult
1 Child
1 Adult
2 Children
1 Adult
3 Children
 2 Adults 2 Adults
1 Child
 2 Adults
2 Children
 2 Adults
3 Children
Living Wage $10.43 $21.25 $26.44 $32.70 $17.14 $21.51 $24.36 $26.95

(Source: Poverty in America Living Wage Calculator)


St. Patrick Center placed more than 600 individuals and families into permanent housing and supported 640 households in maintaining permanent housing in fiscal year 2016.

2017 Fair Market Rent (FMR) by number of bedrooms:

Bedrooms 0BR 1BR 2BR 3BR
St. Louis MO/IL $690 $896 $1,188 $1,385

(Source: U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development)

2016 Housing wage (hourly wage necessary to afford 2BR FMR housing):

St. Louis City and County:                $16.15 **Equivalent to 2.1 full-time minimum wage jobs
Missouri:                                             $14.98

(Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition)


St. Patrick Center served more than 6,600 households and approximately 2,000 met the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) strict definition of homelessness.

Homeless children

St. Patrick Center supported over 550 children who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in fiscal year 2016.

Homeless children enrolled in St. Louis City School District 2016

St. Louis City School District ranked highest for number of homeless children enrolled.

Missouri:                                                               30,656

St. Louis City School District:                          5,451

(Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Chronic homelessness, disabling conditions and behavioral health disorders for fiscal year 2015:

Approximately 300 (4%) of clients served were chronically homeless*
Approximately 2,890 (40%) of clients had some form of behavioral health issue or substance use disorder.
Approximately 1,900 (27%) of clients had a disabling condition

*Based upon the HUD definition of multiple, lengthy episodes of homelessness over the past three years.


Approximately 285 St. Patrick Center clients found employment in fiscal year 2016.

January 2017 Unemployment rate

United States: 4.8%                           Missouri: 4.2%                    St. Louis Metropolitan Area: 4.6%

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

St. Patrick Center clients, at the time of their discovery sessions in our Welcome Center:

10% were employed in full or part-time positions

90% were unemployed


Approximately 50% of clients assisted by St. Patrick Center in fiscal year 2016 had less than a high school diploma.

Adults over age 25 with a high school diploma or equivalent (2011-2015):

United States: 86.7%         Missouri: 88.4%                  St. Louis County: 92.8%                   St. Louis City: 84.1%

(Source: United States Census)


Approximately 19% of clients assisted by St. Patrick Center in fiscal year 2016 were veterans.

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Edith Cunnane

Visionary, philanthropist, advocate, realist, idealist, miracle worker & dedicated leader. In the early 1980s on a bitterly cold day, Edith Cunnane, a social worker, asked a group of people why they were outside. In partnership with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Catholic Charities of St. Louis and Monsignor Robert Slattery, Edith founded St. Patrick Center in 1983 inside the former St. Patrick School at 6th and Biddle Streets.

For the next ten years, she served as the Center’s first Executive Director, working tirelessly to increase services to the most vulnerable people. Under Edith’s direction, St. Patrick Center opened the Shamrock Club, the nation’s first day treatment program for mentally ill homeless people. The Casserole program and McMurphy’s Grill were also launched under her tutelage. Programs expanded to include housing assistance, employment services and life skills training.

We salute Edith Cunnane for her commitment, dedication and service to St. Patrick Center. Her leadership created a haven and resource for the most underserved and nearly forgotten people in our community – the homeless.


St. Patrick Center is building permanent, positive change one life at a time. Each client is important; each donor is valued, each dollar is vital to our ability to help people change their lives. Donate Today


More than 4,600 St. Patrick Center volunteers each year donate nearly 45,000 hours sorting donations, working fundraising events, serving lunch, making casseroles and more. View Volunteering Opportunities


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