PATH is a family of agencies working together to end homelessness for
individuals, families, and communities throughout California.
We strive to do this by prioritizing housing while providing customized
supportive services for people in need. Our agencies each address
homelessness in a different way—supportive services, permanent housing development, support for homeless families, and community engagement—all of which ultimately help the people we serve make it home.
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Thanks to your support, Adam's family now has a place to call home. But thousands more people are still homeless in Southern California. You can help change that.
Instead of asking you to attend an expensive event, we encourage you to spend an evening at home with family and friends and donate to PATH what you would have spent on tickets, dinner, and transportation. Your evening at home could help thousands make it into homes of their own.
People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) is recruiting volunteers to participate in the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count in the cities of Paramount and Huntington Park. In partnership with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which is the lead agency responsible for completing the Count every two years, PATH will coordinate dozens of community volunteers to determine the number of individuals living on the streets of these two communities on any given night.
Los Angeles County has the largest homeless population in the United States. Knowing who and where the homeless people in our community are helps local service providers plan and identify the necessary resources to ultimately move families and individuals off the streets and into permanent housing. The Count also helps LAHSA demonstrate our region’s need for funding, housing, shelter, and service programs to the federal government.
Count Dates & Times
Huntington Park: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255
Paramount: Thursday, January 31st, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Paramount Community Center, 14400 Paramount Blvd., Paramount, CA 90723
An Interview with former Homeless Count Volunteer Suzanne Wilson
What was your experience like the first time you volunteered to help with the Homeless Count?
I first volunteered about five years ago in Hollywood. The training was quick and precise, mainly teaching us appropriate ways to approach individuals living on the streets and letting us know what we could expect from the experience. Basically, doing the Homeless Count is just like walking down the street. You keep an eye out for people you think are homeless and make note of areas that have signs that someone may be sleeping there, like cardboard boxes, blankets, personal items, etc. It’s just as easy as walking down the street in any other situation; you just observe your surroundings a little more.
We’re put into groups of at least five to ten people. With the number of other volunteers in my group with me, I’ve never felt a need to worry about my safety. The training beforehand also teaches how to avoid putting ourselves into potentially dangerous situations, so I’ve never felt like my team members or I were in any danger.
Why is the Homeless Count important?
By counting people experiencing homelessness, we can make sure that resources are allocated to help reduce homelessness by providing the right services and helping people who are homeless move off the streets and into permanent housing.
What would you say to people who have never volunteered for the Homeless Count before?
It’s a great experience. Volunteering for the Homeless Count has made me feel like I am helping people experiencing homelessness get the resources they need and, hopefully, like I am helping to reduce homelessness. Not only that, it’s also an eye-opener to see just how many people are living on the streets in our community and how the simple process of counting them can ultimately help so many people.
Founded in 1984, PATH works to address homelessness in Southern California through a combination of services leading to housing, including rapid re-housing assistance, strategic outreach, permanent supportive housing development and supportive services for the most vulnerable populations. PATH serves thousands of people in need each year. To learn more, please visit www.epath.org.
Monday March 11th marked the beginning of a new era for downtown San Diego's homeless population. Well over 700 individuals joined Connections Housing as it officially celebrated opening its doors to help local homeless individuals move into permanent housing. This center is the long-awaited result of a partnership between four of Southern California’s top housing and service agencies—Affirmed Housing, PATH Ventures, PATH (People Assisting The Homeless), and Family Health Centers of San Diego—as well as more than two dozen local service providers who will offer supportive services on-site. The state-of-the-art facility permanently houses 73 people, provides interim housing for 150 homeless individuals, contains a federally-qualified health center, and connects homeless individuals with critical supportive services designed to help them successfully move off neighborhood streets.
About Affirmed Housing Group
An award-winning San Diego developer and operator of affordable housing projects, with more than 1,900 affordable rental and for sale units developed and more than 400 multifamily apartments in the pipeline for development. Through collaboration with civic leaders and private-sector financial partners, Affirmed Housing Group is dedicated to improving and sustaining the viability of California communities through the development of well-designed and professionally managed, high quality housing. www.affirmedhousing.com
About PATH (People Assisting The Homeless)
Southern California’s leader in innovative approaches to ending homelessness, working in more than 60 cities in the region. PATH works to address homelessness through a combination of services leading to housing, including rapid re-housing assistance, strategic street outreach, permanent supportive housing development, and supportive services for the most vulnerable populations. www.epath.org
About PATH Ventures
An affordable development corporation that improves individual lives and communities by developing and maintaining quality affordable housing and providing services to the residents of that housing that bring personal stability and improved quality of life for people in need. Over 1,000 units are completed or in the pipeline for construction. www.pathventures.org
About Family Health Centers of San Diego
Family Health Centers of San Diego is a non-profit community health center organization whose mission is to provide caring, affordable, high quality healthcare and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low income and medically underserved persons. As the largest provider of safety net healthcare in the region, Family Health Centers of San Diego cared for more than 160,000 individuals in 2010 through over 598,000 individual patient visits. www.fhcsd.org
They are not just another rock band. The Rift stands apart as one of the best up and coming bands out there, especially to see live. The band has been together since late 2009 and is made up of two brothers and five best friends. This chemistry translates to the stage and has made the band quite a popular live act, not to mention the group's signature finger lights during live performances. Perhaps this explains why they were picked recently to play the first ever battle of the bands at the LA County Fair and why the group was selected to perform in front of thousands at the Coliseum for a USC Trojans football game. Their music combines a unique talent for songwriting with the musicianship and intensity of metal. Many of their songs, like "Sweet Affliction", have great hooks that you will find yourself singing along with. The band has been enjoying a flurry of successful shows lately including packing both The Viper Room and The House of Blues! This is not just another rock band, this is The Rift, give them a listen!