(Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness)
A Project of Mountain States Group
Are you or do you know a person experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness that also lives with a mental illness or co-occurring disorder? The PATH Project is available to help.
PATH peer specialists outreach to places where persons experiencing homelessness live. In shelters, camping, on the streets or in cars, “couch-surfing” with family or friends or anywhere they feel safe and can survive the elements.
PATH peer specialists offer them support and restore hope that there is a future for them. PATH offers these individuals assistance in gaining access to sources of community support, crisis intervention and enrollment in mental health services. These services are also available for persons imminently at risk of homelessness.
Additionally, PATH staff offer community education and orientation about mental illness; information about the issues of homelessness as well as advocating for the people they serve. The PATH Team offers advocacy, linkage, referral and short-term case management in the community. There are two PATH peer specialists in each region across Idaho and two PATH peer specialists at each of the State Hospitals.
The PATH Project is a federally funded grant created under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990 and is contracted by Mountain States Group through Health and Welfare.
The PATH Project in Idaho is the first PATH Project in the United States to employ exclusively peer specialists. Peer specialists are nationally credentialed and extensively trained consumers. Over half of the PATH peer specialists have been homeless themselves sometime in their lives. They are uniquely qualified to share their recovery story and walk alongside with people as they self-determine the direction they want their life to take.
FAQs – PATH
Q. Does it cost anything to enroll in PATH?
A. PATH services are provided at no cost to the individual.
Q. What does it take to qualify for PATH?
A. A person must be experiencing homelessness or be at risk of becoming homeless and have a mental health problem or a co-occurring disorder.
Q. Does PATH pay rent and/or rent deposits for participants?
A. PATH does not pay ongoing rent. PATH peer specialists are responsible for assisting all PATH participants in accessing local community agencies and supports that provide this type of assistance. In certain circumstances the PATH Project does have the ability to offer financial assistance to participants for first month’s rent or deposit if the participant can sustain the rent afterwards.
Q. Can PATH help homeless Vets?
A. Yes. PATH peer specialists provide outreach and supportive services to all individuals who are homeless or at imminent danger of becoming homeless may or may not be struggling with symptoms of substance abuse. The PATH Project holds America’s Veterans in high esteem, recognizing that those veterans who are homeless are a priority for outreach and assistance.
Q. Why would some PATH clients be able to access housing sooner than others?
A. PATH peer specialists encounter many barriers when assisting their participants with housing. These barriers can slow down the process in some cases where accessing housing is concerned, i.e., poor credit history, poor rental history, old utility bills, old debts for unpaid rent.
Q. Can PATH help with transportation?
A. PATH peer specialists have the capability to drive participants to coordinate services with various providers for example mental health appointments, SSI/SSDI appointments, Health and Welfare, and job searches.
For additional information please contact:
PATH Statewide Program Coordinator
Mountain States Group
1607 W. Jefferson St.
Boise, ID 83702
State Regional PATH Peer Specialists
Reg. 1 – Coeur d’Alene, ID
Reg. 2 – Lewiston and Moscow, ID
Reg. 3 – Nampa/Caldwell, ID
Reg. 4 – Boise, ID
Reg. 5 – Twin Falls, ID
Reg. 6 – Pocatello, ID
Reg. 7 – Idaho Falls, ID
State Hospital North – 208-476-4511
Terri Webley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessi Noah – email@example.com
State Hospital South – 208-785-1200
Lorie Day – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Dance – email@example.com