Projects for the Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

Projects for the Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) supports programs that provide services for individuals experiencing homelessness who also have a serious mental illness or mental illness coupled with a substance abuse disorder. 

PATH funds outreach, screening and diagnostic treatments, community mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment, staff training, case management,  health referrals, job training, and educational and housing services. States and local agencies are encouraged to use PATH funds to provide outreach to homeless persons with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders. Technical assistance is provided to States and local providers to increase their ability to obtain mainstream resources, particularly housing, community mental health services, substance abuse treatment and social security benefits. 

PATH works with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs on an interagency effort to address chronic homelessness. PATH also collaborates with the Social Security Administration to run State Policy Academies that address the barriers that prevent people experiencing homelessness who have a mental illness from accessing Social Security Income benefits.

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Eligible Applicants:

First level: States and territories
Second level: Organizations that provide mental health services

Eligible Beneficiaries:

PATH funds go to benefit individuals experiencing homelessness with serious mental illness or mental illness and a substance abuse disorder.

Funding Mechanism:

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) administers PATH grants to States and Territories which then, in turn, issue sub-grants to over 480 local providers.