PATH Homeless Assistance Program
Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness, known as PATH, is a federal, state and local partnership that provides outreach and assistance to adults with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless. PATH services include community-based outreach, mental health, substance abuse, case management and other supportive services, and a limited set of housing services. Depending on the resources of the local program, PATH may provide one-time financial assistance such as payment of one month’s rent to prevent eviction, assistance with first month’s rent or a security deposit to assist an individual to obtain housing, or other related expenses.
The national PATH Program is administered by the federal Center for Mental Health Services, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one of eight Public Health Service agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The PATH Program originally was authorized by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990 and has be re-authorized several times since. PATH is a formula grant to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are more than 500 local organizations that provide PATH services across the United States. SAMHSA's Housing and Homelessness Resource Network assists SAMHSA in providing support to the states, territories, and local organizations that provide PATH services.
Virtually all states use PATH funds to provide outreach services to contact and engage people who are disconnected from mainstream resources. The major of PATH providers across the US offer offer a wide variety of services to outreach, case management to persons experiencing homelessness.
- 95 percent of providers offer case management services, including assisting with connecting individuals to mainstream benefits and services.
- 95 percent of providers use PATH funds to assist clients in accessing primary health care services, job training, education services, and housing.
- 85 percent of providers assist consumers with navigating the housing application process.
PATH in Virginia
In Virginia, PATH services are provided by Community Services Boards in 14 communities across the state. You can review the Commonwealth's plan for utilizing $1,471,000 in federal PATH dollars and more than $700,000 in local funding matched by Virginia PATH providers at the following link: Virginia's Federal Fiscal Year 2016/State Fiscal Year 2017 PATH Application
Names and contact information for the PATH staff are listed below.
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Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services: Contact Dana Woolfolk at 703-746-3578.
Arlington County Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Services Division: Contact Miguel Carpio at 703-228-5331.
Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare: Serving the Roanoke area. Contact Teri Hostetter at 540-266-9200 ext. 3419.
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board: Contact Neva Ortuno at 571-244-8112.
Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board: Contact Dee Schwartz at 757-240-5288.
Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services: Contact Diane Daddio at 703-737-8702.
Norfolk Community Services Board: Contact Marla Robinson at 757-823-1600.
Portsmouth Department of Behavioral Healthcare Services: Contact Barbara Boland at 757-393-8926.
Prince William County Community Services: Contact Lynn Fritts at 703-792-7947.
Region Ten Community Services Board: Serving the Charlottesville area. Contact Harrell Patterson at 434-972-1800. Region Ten also partners with On Our Own of Charlottesville, an independent peer-owned and -operated program, to deliver PATH services.
Rappahannock Area Community Services Board: Serving the Fredericksburg area. Contact Jason McIntosh at 540-842-7607.
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority: Contact Reggie Hill at 804-819-8756.
Valley Community Services Board: Serving the Staunton and Waynesboro areas. Contact Matt Hain at 540-480-0712.
Virginia Beach Department of Human Services: Contact Cheryl Molinet at 757-636-3160.
For more information on Virginia PATH services, contact Rhonda Thissen, MSW, State PATH Coordinator at the DBHDS Office of Mental Health.