THE FACE OF DC RECOVERY
Pathways to Housing DC
Homelessness doesn’t disappear in a pandemic. Quite frankly, it requires even more urgency from our community. On the frontlines of COVID-19 are Pathways to Housing DC’s dedicated and tireless staff.
Mantra: Housing is Healthcare
The mission of Pathways is to end homelessness for individuals living with serious mental illnesses and other complex health challenges using our proven Housing First model.
Who We Serve:
People with disabilities make up over half of DC’s homeless residents. In addition to mental health challenges, many also live with chronic illnesses – at a rate three times higher than the general population. We cannot talk about homelessness without talking about race and racism. In DC, 88.4% of adults experiencing homelessness are Black or African American, compared to 47.7% of residents on the whole.
Today, Pathways is the region’s largest Housing First provider with a 95% housing retention rate. Programs and services reach more than 3,500 adults annually who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Pathways and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield partnered to ensure that our neighbors experiencing homelessness or relying on community-based healthcare services are part of a proactive COVID-19 response. In addition to funding dedicated to frontline healthcare services such as medical street outreach and behavioral health, CareFirst provided urgently needed personal protective equipment and selected Pathways for service projects as part of CareFirst’s Week of Equity and Action.
Behind the Masks:
Pathways’ Faces of Community Health include (left to right) Keith Person, Peer Support Specialist; Kelly Troutman, Registered Nurse with Street Outreach; Jaline Gilliam, Clinical Director; Linsley Nyack, Registered Nurse; and Will Doyle, Director of Housing Operations.
Visit www.pathwaysdc.org to learn more and get involved. Be sure to check out our Wish List for ways to contribute.