Community Outreach and Homelessness Prevention
This program works to prevent homelessness through financial assistance and referrals. It can offer temporary cash assistance for housing, utilities, medication, clothing, transportation, education and other basic needs. Services often provide a hand up to those who face health and employment hardships or have fallen between the cracks of the social service system.
Funded primarily by individual donors, area congregations, civic organizations, foundation and corporate grants and special events.
PATH staff reach out to chronically homeless people who are living in abandoned buildings, doorways, parks, makeshift tents, shacks or under bridges. Most have burned their bridges and are either underserved or without support. Once a PATH connection is made, work begins to bring the person “inside” so that medical and other issues that have prevented them from seeking help can be addressed. PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) was originally funded in 2002 by a grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.