Combatting Homelessness via the PATH Program
(HealthyExaminer.com) – There are many reasons people become homeless. One primary reason is due to mental health and a lack of available, affordable care. The PATH program provides funding that addresses the need for mental health treatment that can reduce the number of homeless on the streets.
What Is the PATH Program?
The PATH program stands for Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness. The program is designed to support individuals with mental illness who may be at risk of homelessness. Serious mental illnesses (SMIs) can create challenges for individuals to find, afford, and maintain safe places to live. The PATH program seeks to keep these individuals off the streets by providing funding to states and territories that oversee local organizations that serve homeless individuals with SMIs.
Qualifying for the PATH Program
PATH program applicants must be currently homeless. There are other government programs available to help individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless. Another eligibility requirement for PATH is that the applicant must be diagnosed with a serious mental illness (SMI). The PATH program specifically aims to help people who are experiencing homelessness as a result of a mental health condition.
Services Provided By the PATH Program
Many organizations participate in the PATH program. How the money is used depends on the specific program in question, but PATH funding typically includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Outreach programs designed to locate homeless individuals who qualify for assistance
- Mental health treatments for qualified applicants
- Screening and diagnosis services
- Substance abuse treatment
- Job training and resources
- Housing services
- Educational services
Serious mental illness can make everyday life more difficult and can contribute to homelessness. The PATH program is a bridge to help qualifying individuals get off the streets and secure safe homes that they can maintain.
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