It all started with a letter written by Claire and Rev. Charles Orr, calling for the community to address the ever-increasing issue of homelessness. In response, on the night of December 8, 1983, 60 people gathered together to figure out how to help people who were experiencing homelessness in their neighborhoods. On that night, PATH was born.
The group started by distributing food and clothing to people living on the streets. As homelessness continued to grow nationwide, research revealed that Housing First—a best practice model that first connects people to permanent housing and then focuses on stabilization through voluntary supportive services, proved more effective. Now, over thirty years later, we have more than 25 locations throughout California, provide services in more than 140 cities, and more than 1,000 units of permanent supportive housing completed or in the pipeline.
Across the state, we help people find permanent housing and provide case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help them maintain their homes stably. Since 2013, we have connected more than 7,500 people to permanent homes.
our mission, vision, and values
Our mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. PATH envisions a world where every person has a home. Our values include creative collaborations, strategic leadership, empowerment for all, and passionate commitment.
Form 990 and earlier financial statements are available upon request.
PATH currently holds a Three-Year Accreditation from CARF International in the following programs: Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program
What is CARF?
CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services. CARF assists providers in improving the quality of their services by applying sets of quality standards during a consultative on-site survey.
What are the benefits of being CARF accredited?
The benefits of conformance to the CARF standards can be realized by both the organization and its persons served.
For the organization, CARF accreditation is a catalyst for continuous quality improvement. CARF surveyors apply a consultative, rather than inspective, approach. They bring with them not only their own wisdom, but also the experience of similar organizations to promote quality within the industry.
For the consumer, choosing a CARF-accredited program or service can provide confidence that an organization is consumer focused and has met international standards for service delivery.
For more information about CARF International, the standards, or the survey process, visit www.carf.org.
the path team
PATH BOARD OF DIRECTORS
City Executive, Retired
Co-President, Business Executive, Retired
Founder of BIRTH Foundation, Inc./Veteran
Co-President, Bird, Marella
Co-Recording Secretary, City Planner, Retired
Secretary, Businesswoman, Property Owner
LA City Attorney’s Office, Retired
Ellen Evans Agee
Capital Group/Westwood United Methodist Church
Business/Financial Executive, Retired
Financial Services, Retired
Co-Vice President, Liberty Hill Foundation
Center for the Study of Women at UCLA
Marsha Jones Moutrie
Co-Vice President, City Attorney of Santa Monica
Mark Jones, Sr.
Westwood Presbyterian Church
Co-Treasurer, John Aaroe Group
City National Bank
Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School
Megan Insurance Services (Ex officio)
Gursey, Schneider LLP
Co-Recording Secretary, Community Activist
Co-Treasurer, Attorney, Chaplain, Veteran, LA County USC Hospital
Claire West Orr
Interiors by Claire West (Ex officio)
Business Consultant, Fintech Finance Services
Regional Advisory Boards
Santa Barbara Advisory Board
Commissioner, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara
Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Retired
PATH Administrative Board of Directors
State Farm Insurance
PATH Administrative Board of Directors
Anne Ready Gersh
Founder, Ready for Media
CEO, SBCC Foundation
Founder, Surf Media
Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, Retired
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Noozhawk
Hayes Commercial Real Estate
San Diego Advisory Board
Multilingual Communication Services
Dale Kelly Bankhead
LBGT Community Center
RE/MAX Coastal Properties
WeWork San Diego
Insight Data Solutions
Presidio Public Affairs Group
University of California, San Diego
San Jose Advisory Board
Senior Vice President Newmark Cornish and Carey
Pastor, First Christian Church
Think Bigger San Jose
Executive Director, San Jose Downtown Association
Downtown San Jose Resident
Formerly Homeless Resident
Incoming Downtown San Jose Rotary President
Private Security Technology
Los Angeles Advisory Board
Rev. Dr. Lynn Cheyney
Steve & Rita Emerson
Rev. Stephen Huber
Rev. Charles Orr
Rabbi Steven Reuben