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Homeless and At-Risk Students

In an effort to provide support to students experiencing homelessness and in accordance with IL Public Act 102-0083, DePaul University has designated a liaison to assist enrolled homeless students.

If you are at risk or are experiencing homelessness, contact the DePaul Liaison:

Ellen Herion Fingado
Dean of Students

Resources for Homeless and At-Risk Students

Many students in higher education are increasingly struggling to meet basic needs such as stable housing. In collaboration with campus partners, the Dean of Students Office strives to provide campus and community resources to assist our students who may be facing homelessness or housing insecurity.

Homeless is defined as a student who does not have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes, but is not limited to, students who:

  • Are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  • Are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations;
  • Are living in emergency or transitional shelters;
  • Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; or
  • Are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

Emergency Funding & Technology Assistance

Food and Clothing Resources

  • Basic Needs Hub
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program

    SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called Food Stamps). SNAP helps low income individuals buy the food they need for good nutritional health. If you qualify for SNAP, you will get an Illinois Link card. Each month, the amount of your SNAP benefits will be added to your Link Card account, and you can use it like a debit card to pay for food at most grocery stores.

    • For more information or to complete a general application for benefits (ABE) visit ABE Illinois.
    • Illinois Department of Human Services Help Line: 1-800-843-6154 or 1-866-324-5553 TTY

Student Employment Resources