PATH Beyond Shelter is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 in response to increasing numbers of homeless families in Los Angeles and the need for a more comprehensive approach to serving them. Today, the mission of the agency is to develop systemic approaches to combat poverty and homelessness among families with children, and to enhance family economic security and well-being.
"Because a child's first steps should happen at home."
PATH Beyond Shelter Programs
PATH Beyond Shelter’s core program helps homeless families, who are referred by more than 40 partnering shelters throughout Los Angeles County, to move as quickly as possible into permanent, affordable housing (i.e, rapid re-housing). Employment services, benefits advocacy, financial assistance, proactive landlord outreach, and housing search services are intended to help families overcome income and credit barriers to housing stability and economic security. Once in housing, families participate in 6-12 months of in-home case management, including life skills and tenant education, to promote self-sufficiency. The program serves approximately 270 families per year.
Family Solutions Center
The Family Solutions Center provides a single, centralized point of access for families in need of crisis services, temporary and permanent housing placement, and linkages with employment, physical and mental health, child care and other community-based services. All families in Service Planning Area 4 (downtown L.A. to Hollywood) who are homeless are referred to the Center for assessment and triage of service needs, followed by facilitated linkages to community programs to resolve immediate crises and promote housing stability. The program is one of six Family Solutions Centers in Los Angeles County and is central to the City’s and County’s efforts to provide coordinated, regionally-based services to families experiencing homelessness.
First 5 Program
The First 5 Program serves very young children and their families who are involved with the child welfare system, and whose housing instability, coupled oftentimes with adult behavioral health, domestic violence and other challenges, are major contributing factors to child endangerment, removal from the home, and/or delayed family reunification. The program is an early intervention model whose goals are to foster housing stability, improve family functioning and reduce child protective services involvement among homeless and at-risk households. Services provided include housing placement, financial assistance, eviction prevention, parenting education, and employment services