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 2015, St. Patrick Center directly assisted 5,066 clients:
• 83% were from St. Louis City
• 13% were from St. Louis County
• 4% were from 32 other surrounding counties
Poverty and Income
Approximately 90% of St. Patrick Center clients had an income below the national poverty threshold ($11,770/year) in the fiscal year 2015. The average annual income of clients was approximately $5,000, or about $2.50/hour.
Persons living below the national poverty threshold in 2014
United States: 14.8% Missouri: 15.5% St. Louis, MO-IL, Metro Area: 13.2%
(Source: United States Census)
Estimated hourly living wages for St. Louis City:
|Household Size||1 Adult||1 Adult
|2 Adults||2 Adults
| 2 Adults
| 2 Adults
St. Patrick Center placed more than 712 individuals and families into permanent housing and supported 322 individuals and families in maintaining permanent housing in fiscal year 2015.
2015 Fair Market Rent (FMR) by number of bedrooms:
|St. Louis MO/IL||$533||$633||$816||$1,063||$1,286|
2015 Housing wage (hourly wage necessary to afford 2BR FMR housing):
St. Louis City and County: $15.69 **Equivalent to 2.1 full-time minimum wage jobs
(Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition)
St. Patrick Center served more than 4,700 households in fiscal year 2015. Over half of the clients assisted by St. Patrick Center were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Approximately 1,900 households met the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) strict definition of homelessness.
St. Patrick Center supported over 700 children who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in fiscal year 2015.
Homeless children enrolled in St. Louis City School District 2015:
St. Louis City School District ranked highest for number of homeless children enrolled.
St. Louis City School District: 5,182
Chronic homelessness, disabling conditions and behavioral health disorders for fiscal year 2015:
Approximately 300 (6%) of clients served were chronically homeless*
Approximately 1,500 (30%) of clients had some form of behavioral health issue
Approximately 1,500 (30%) of clients had a substance use disorder
Approximately 150 (3%) of clients had a mental health diagnosis
Approximately 1,700 (33%) of clients had a disabling condition
*Based upon the HUD definition of multiple, lengthy episodes of homelessness over the past three years.
Approximately 350 St. Patrick Center clients found employment in fiscal year 2015.
July 2015 Unemployment rate
United States: 5.3% Missouri: 5.8% St. Louis Metropolitan Area: 5.7%
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
St. Patrick Center clients, at the time of their discovery sessions in our Welcome Center:
11% were employed in full or part-time positions
89% were unemployed
Approximately 50% of clients assisted by St. Patrick Center in fiscal year 2015 had less than a high school diploma.
Adults over age 25 with a high school diploma or equivalent (2010-2014):
United States: 86.3% Missouri: 88.0% St. Louis County: 92.6% St. Louis City: 83.2%
(Source: United States Census)
Approximately 19% of clients assisted by St. Patrick Center in fiscal year 2015 were veterans.
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
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