Learn more about Pathways to Housing PA

Our Mission: Empowering people with disabilities to improve their housing stability, achieve better health, and reclaim their lives.

We Believe


  • Access to decent, safe, affordable housing without precondition is a basic human right
  • Every person should have the opportunity to set their own goals and realize their full human potential
  • A home is more than just four walls


Our Core Services


  • Providing homes for people who have experienced chronic homelessness and suffer from serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or multiple other disabilities
  • Restoring 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
  • Reclaiming 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
  • Operating the Philadelphia Furniture Bank that receives donations of gently used furniture from the public and redistributes it to individuals and families exiting homelessness and in other situations that put them in need
  • Disseminating the Pathways Housing First model through training and technical assistance to other communities and organizations nationwide


Our History


Pathways to Housing PA ends homelessness in Philadelphia for people who have been experiencing homelessness for long periods of time, sometime decades.  These are people who suffer with serious mental illness, long term substance use, medical frailty, and are marginalized in many other ways. It does so using a Housing First model and a Harm Reduction approach to service. Pathways has an 85+% housing retention rate with people previously thought to be non-compliant and unable to be housed by traditional systems.


In 2008 we were asked to house and serve 125 of the city’s neediest and hardest to place citizens. We did so in 18 months. Today we are serving approximately 450 people with complicated behavioral health and medical issues. We have grown and modified our programming to meet Philadelphia’s changing needs. In 2016 we launched a program to focus on chronically homeless people with opioid use disorders in Kensington. Today, 150 people in that program are housed and over 60% of those people have engaged in some level of substance use treatment since joining our program.


In 2015, to meet a growing need for furniture for people moving out of homelessness, we launched the Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB), believing that “no child should sleep on the floor."


Along the way, we have developed and grown an Integrated Healthcare Program offering a full range of primary care services regardless of a person’s ability to pay, which includes but is not limited to psychiatric services, treatment services for people using opioids and other substances.


On September 1, 2018 we celebrated our 10th Anniversary: 10 years of impact in Philadelphia. We are excited to plan for our next 10 years of service. 


2016-2018 Annual Report

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