A PATHWay to the Future: Our Three-Year Plan

PATH was founded in Los Angeles in 1984 and has pioneered bold and effective strategies to assist people experiencing homelessness. The agency provides services and builds housing across California, ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities through person-centered care, supportive housing development, and community engagement.

With regional hubs in Los Angeles/Long Beach, Orange County, Sacramento County, San Diego County, San Jose/Silicon Valley, and Santa Barbara/Central Coast, PATH works in over 150 cities and serves approximately 20 percent of people experiencing homelessness in California.

In recent years, PATH has experienced a period of rapid growth. Prior to 2015, PATH operated only in Los Angeles and San Diego counties, and has grown from around 300 employees to more than 900 in 2020.

Now, PATH is introducing our three-year plan to ensure effectiveness in working toward our mission. After an extensive evaluation process that included extensive research and consultation with the PATH board, staff, clients, external stakeholders, and community partners, the resulting plan centers on three key imperatives—capacity, equity, and advocacy.

These imperatives helped PATH set three core goals to reach over the next three years:

  • 6,000 people experiencing homelessness will be permanently housed
  • 1,000 new homes—including new supportive housing, as well as modular construction and motel conversions—will be built or renovated by PATH Ventures for people who have been homeless
  • 75,000 people will receive services such as food, outreach, interim housing, and employment assistance.

These goals are ambitious, but necessary, and will play a crucial role in meeting the growing needs for services and supportive housing across the state.

Last year was full of uncertainty, but it was also a solemn time to reflect and embrace flexibility. For PATH, these unprecedented times allowed us to redefine our priorities and propel forward. Over the next three years, this strategic plan will guide and support the organization’s infrastructure, governance, and financial stability as we forge a new pathway to the future. Click here to read the entire plan.