What is Our Path Home?
Our Path Home envisions a system wherein every person experiencing homelessness finds home. For households experiencing homelessness, the crisis is critical and immediate. The speed with which we respond to a housing crisis matters.
As such, the nearly 50 partner agencies of Our Path Home work together to provide homelessness prevention services, a rapid response for those households that do fall into homelessness and supportive housing.
Our Path Home is governed by the Executive Committee - a strategic planning body that is responsible for ensuring Our Path Home meets federal standards and local needs. Several committees and working groups support the Executive Committee’s efforts.
Keep people housed. | Homelessness Prevention services provide financial assistance (such as rental or utility assistance), support services, and referrals to other community resources. Prevention strategies also include discharge policies (from hospitals and jails), tenant-landlord mediation, family mediation, housing counseling, and legal assistance, among others.
House people quickly. | Rapid Response services seek to move households back into stable housing as quickly as possible by providing financial assistance (such as a security deposit and first month’s rent), light touch case management to ensure reliable income, and connections to community resources.
Provide support. | Supportive Housing provides the services needed to get and keep housing. These programs offer financial assistance, primarily rental assistance, and individualized support services for varying periods of time depending on the needs of the household to gain and maintain stability and never experience homelessness again.
Coordinated Entry is the access point to the interventions available to resolve housing crises, serving those households sleeping in emergency shelters or on the street. Coordinated entry coordinates services among 30+ providers who have agreed to use one prioritized list to serve our most vulnerable residents.
Emergency Shelters manage the night-by-night crisis by providing a safe place to stay for persons facing a housing crisis. Entry into shelter should be low barrier and anti-discriminatory.
Street Outreach builds rapport and develops relationships with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness and sleeping on the street to connect them to the supports they need to access emergency shelter, services, and housing.