Our Mission: Empowering people with disabilities to improve their housing stability, achieve better health, and to reclaim their lives.
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 400+ 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, 75 people in that program are housed and we have launched services and secured housing for an additional 75 for 2018. 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 treatment services for people using opioids.
Pathways has also become a thought leader in the Housing First Model nationally, with communities turning to us for leadership and training. Our formal training services launched in September 2017, and we have served communities all over the country and regularly welcome international visitors.
This year we celebrate our 10th Anniversary: 10 years of impact in Philadelphia. More than 400 formerly homeless people are stably housed. More than 2,000 households have been furnished. We are excited to plan for our next 10 years of impact in our community.