Our Mission: Empowering people with disabilities to improve their housing stability, achieve better health, and reclaim their lives.
- Housing is a basic human right. Everyone deserves a place to call home – it’s that simple.
- Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their current situation.
- Everyone should have choices in life, and we empower people to make informed choices that reduce harm to themselves and others.
- Creating a culture where it is easy to practice kindness, and everyone is welcomed with grace and hospitality, is essential.
- Complex issues like homelessness require creativity, innovation, and constant evolution to meet the needs of those affected.
Our Core Services
- Provide homes and comprehensive wrap around services for people who have experienced chronic homelessness and suffer from serious mental illness, substance use disorder, and/or multiple other disabilities. We believe that housing is a basic human right. Everyone deserves a place to call home – it’s that simple.
- Restore health by providing low barrier primary care services, medication management, and the coordination of psychiatric and addictions services to our program participants, while respecting harm reduction as a method for achieving goals.
- Reclaim lives by promoting community inclusion and helping participants to be a part of the community and be valued for their own uniqueness and abilities, just like everyone else. Everyone should have choices in life, and we empower people to make informed choices that reduce harm to themselves and others.
- Operating the Philadelphia Furniture Bank redistribute donated, gently used furniture to individuals and families exiting homelessness and in other situations that put them in need.
- Disseminate the Housing First model through training and technical assistance to other communities and organizations nationwide.
In 2008, the City of Philadelphia engaged Pathways to bring its evidence-based Housing First model to Philadelphia to help end chronic homelessness. Pathways has seen extraordinary outcomes in ten years of operation. Pathways has housed over 400 people in regular apartments across the community with an unprecedented 85% housing retention rate for participants. These same participants would be considered not housing ready in other programs.
Many Pathways participants have serious, chronic, and untreated medical issues that have been neglected for years and require significant healthcare coordination. Pathways’ Integrated Care clinic ensures a personcentered approach that emphasizes recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care, and the integration of physical and behavioral health care. Outcomes have improved up to 67% for hypertension, obesity, smoking, and diabetes for participants who are treated at the clinic.
Four years ago, Pathways opened the Philadelphia Furniture Bank as a centralized resource for furniture for human service organizations from across Philadelphia. Member agencies schedule appointments for clients who then choose their furniture to start fresh as they move out of homelessness. Each individual or family receives a full home’s worth of furniture, including brand new bedding. The Furniture Bank recently furnished its 2,000th home.