Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness

PATH is an acronym for Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness. It is a formula grant program administered by federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health administration (SAMHSA). Iowa has received a $300,000 grant each year for many years. In FY07, FY08, and FY09, Iowa divided the grant among the same six providers, located in Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City, and Dubuque. Each receives from $25,000 to $62,000. The estimated total number of clients who will be enrolled in the program and receive federal PATH-funded services in Iowa in FY09 is 832, a few more than last year.
The main service provided is outreach to homeless adults that have serious mental illness. Other services provided include screening and diagnostic treatment, staff training, short-term case management, housing services, and referrals for primary health care, job training, educational services, and housing.
SAMHSA, the federal agency that awards PATH grants, has set voluntary performance goals, including:

  • Services are targeted to literally homeless people

  • Active Management and oversight of the program

  • Clarity regarding data and reporting

  • PATH providers use exemplary practices

  • Transition to mainstream services

The Iowa PATH program is exceeding federal expectations in each of these areas.

For more information on the PATH program contact:

Karen Hyatt  
Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
Division of Mental Health & Disability Services
Iowa Department of Human Services
Hoover State Office Building, 5th Floor SW
1305 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515-281-3128

Or click on the links below to view reports, meeting notes, and other PATH related documents:


SFY 2008 (July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008)

SFY 2009 (July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009)

September 2008 Federal Site Visit

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