Housing First

Working collaboratively with individuals, businesses, government and other service providers,
St. Patrick Center will end chronic homelessness in the St. Louis region.

People who are homeless are our neighbors and deserve respect, care and concern.
A collective, compassionate response to homelessness improves lives. By helping people improve their lives, we also enhance the neighborhoods where we live and work. (Visit our About Panhandling page for additional information.)

How will we end chronic homelessness? Through Housing First, an evidence-based practice that tells us to remove barriers, do intake and assessment early, move people into housing and offer them support to achieve their goals.

Housing First works, and St. Patrick Center is a Housing First model. Click here to watch client success stories on our YouTube channel.

St. Patrick Center is the lead agency for Coordinated Entry, a multi-agency effort under Housing First. Intake specialists conduct discovery sessions with clients, which allow us to help them secure housing and provide the correct level of support services before, during and after they are housed.

It Begins with a Discovery Session

People who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless may come for a private discovery session with an intake specialist Monday-Friday at our Welcome Center at 800 North Tucker Blvd. No appointment is necessary and the most strategic times to arrive Monday-Friday are 8am and 1pm. The Welcome Center is closed for lunch from noon-1pm.

Support Services

Housing First does not mean housing only. St. Patrick Center provides a comprehensive approach, offering support services that we do well and referring clients to other agencies for their areas of expertise.

Support services are necessary for Housing First to succeed. They help people get stable, set and achieve goals, and lead productive lives.

Support services include job and skills training, employment placement and behavioral health programs.


St. Patrick Center offers employment programs aimed at getting people back on their feet through job readiness training, advanced skills and placement into full-time and part-time jobs.


St. Patrick Center offers health programs for people experiencing behavioral health issues, such as mental illness and substance abuse. Through partnerships, we also connect people to primary healthcare through Affinia Healthcare and meditation groups through Anthropedia Foundation.


St. Patrick Center offers several programs and support services for veterans who served our country then found themselves homeless or at risk.