The PATH Program For Practical Housing Assistance During Recovery
Addiction is the opposite of stability. When you’re struggling with addiction and homelessness (or risk of becoming homeless), these challenges can often feel impossible to overcome.
Homelessness can result in –or exacerbate–substance abuse and mental disorders by exposing individuals to additional stressors and risks and limiting their access to needed services.
Homeless individuals may also face significant barriers to accessing medical and mental health care, which can lead to untreated or undertreated conditions that worsen over time.
But life doesn’t have to be this way.
You deserve treatment, and you deserve lifelong recovery.
At Epiphany Wellness, we believe that treatment should be made accessible to all. We work directly with the PATH program to help unhoused members of our community achieve long-term recovery so that stability can be reached in all aspects of their lives.
What is the PATH Program?
The PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) program is a federally-funded program in the US that provides funding to states, territories, and local organizations to support services for individuals experiencing homelessness. The program is administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
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How Does the PATH Program Help?Our Progams
The PATH program is designed to assist individuals with serious mental illness or disabilities, including those with co-occurring substance use disorders, who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. The program funds a range of services that can help individuals achieve stability and independence while overcoming substance use disorders and mental health conditions.
Services provided under the PATH program may include:
- Outreach and engagement: The PATHS program is dedicated to reaching out to individuals who are homeless and building relationships with them in order to encourage them to seek services.
- Case management: This involves working with individuals to develop a personalized plan for services and support and to coordinate access to those services.
- Mental health and substance abuse treatment: This may include individual or group therapy, medication management, and other services to address mental health and substance use disorders.
- Support services: Services may include a range of services to help individuals maintain stable housing and improve their overall well-being, such as housing assistance, employment training, transportation, educational services, and financial assistance.
- Evaluation and data collection: This involves collecting data on the effectiveness of the program and using that data to make improvements and better serve individuals in need.
Those who enroll in the PATHS program are provided access to mental health programs and rehabilitation services to help them build and maintain stable, comfortable, healthy, and safer lives.
Who is Eligible for the PATH Program?What We Treat
To be eligible for services under the PATH program, US citizens who are 18 years of age or older must meet the following criteria:
Be diagnosed with a serious mental illness or a co-occurring disorder
A serious mental illness is defined as a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that results in substantial functional impairment that significantly interferes with or limits one or more major activities of daily living.
Be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
Homelessness includes living on the streets, in emergency shelters, or in other places not meant for human habitation. At-risk individuals may be living in unstable housing situations or facing other factors that increase their risk of homelessness.
Receive a referral from a qualified provider or organization
This may include outreach workers, case managers, health care providers, or other professionals who work with individuals experiencing homelessness or serious mental illness. You can get a referral from a PATHS provider like Epiphany Wellness.
Start Over. Start at Epiphany Wellness
If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, compassionate and supportive help is available. At Epiphany Wellness, we are passionate PATH providers that believe that treatment services should be made accessible to anyone who needs them.
To get started with the PATH Program and begin your road to recovery, call and speak with a member of our team today.
FAQ About the PATH Program, Homelessness, and Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders
How successful is the PATH program?
Success rates for the PATH program can vary depending on the specific needs of the individuals being served, but overall the program has been shown to be effective in helping individuals with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.Contact Us
How can I find services under the PATH program in my area?
You can contact your local mental health or homeless services agency to find out about services available under the PATH program in your area. Or, you can contact us here at Epiphany Wellness. We believe that no person who is experiencing homelessness and addiction should go unserved.
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I'm struggling with addiction, but I am homeless, and I need help. How can I get started with the PATH program?
Find a PATH Program provider in your area: The PATH Program is available in many states across the United States. To find a provider near you, you can contact your local Department of Health and Human Services or visit the SAMHSA website to search for providers by state.
- Make an appointment: Once you have identified a provider, call or email to make an appointment. Depending on the provider, you may be able to walk in or schedule an appointment over the phone.
- Attend your intake session: At your first appointment, you will meet with a PATH Program staff member who will assess your needs and determine what services you may be eligible for. This may include counseling, case management services, housing assistance, and other support.
- Work with your PATH Program case manager: If you are eligible for services, you will be assigned a case manager who will work with you to develop a plan for addressing your needs and achieving your goals. Your case manager may help you access medical and mental health care, apply for housing assistance, and connect with other support services in the community.
- Stay committed to your recovery: The PATH Program is designed to provide ongoing support to individuals experiencing homelessness and other related issues. It is important to stay engaged with your case manager and other providers, attend appointments, and work towards your goals to achieve long-term recovery and stability.
How is the PATH program funded?
The PATH program is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Can the PATH program help with housing services?
Yes, the PATH program may provide housing assistance as part of its support services for individuals with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
Are there other programs that can help individuals with substance abuse and mental disorders who are homeless?
Yes, there is a range of advocacy programs and initiatives that can help individuals with substance abuse and mental disorders who are homeless, including housing assistance programs, mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, and other support services.
How many people are homeless?
Homelessness is a widespread issue that affects millions of people around the world and here in the United States.
While precise figures are difficult to determine due to varying definitions of homelessness and challenges in accurately measuring it, an estimated 582,462 individuals are currently experiencing homelessness in the US, and about 30% of people without homes are experiencing chronic patterns of homelessness, meaning they’ve been without homes for more than 12 months or extended periods of extended homelessness over a three year period.
Sixty percent of individuals experiencing homelessness are male, though unsheltered homelessness increased by 5% among women and girls. More than 25% of Americans experiencing homelessness are families and children.
What are some long-term solutions to homelessness and substance abuse, and mental disorders?
Long-term solutions to homelessness and substance abuse, and mental disorders may include increasing access to affordable housing, expanding access to medical and mental health services, and addressing systemic issues such as poverty and income inequality.
 Homelessness in America 2023: Statistics, analysis, & trends. Security.org. (2023, January 27). Retrieved February 21, 2023, from https://www.security.org/resources/homeless-statistics
 Homelessness programs and resources. SAMHSA. (n.d.). Retrieved February 21, 2023, from https://www.samhsa.gov/homelessness-programs-resources
Recovery In Safety and Security With The PATH Program
Seeking help for addiction, mental health, or behavioral health and homelessness can be a difficult but important step towards a healthier and more stable future. By working with the PATH Program and other support services, you can take positive steps towards achieving recovery and improving your overall well-being.