The Issue: Lack of Basic Furniture in Permanent Housing
Through Pathways to Housing DC's Housing First model, individuals who are experiencing homelessness and other complex needs, such as addiction or psychiatric disabilities, can obtain immediate access to permanent housing. Although Pathways to Housing DC receives housing vouchers from federal and local governments, the vouchers do not typically cover the costs of security deposits, furniture, and other household items necessary to help ensure housing stability.
The Campaign: Providing Furniture for New Homes
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Pathways to Housing DC to provide furniture for people transitioning out of homelessness. For every $800 raised, the organization can furnish one low-income apartment with a bed, dresser, couch, and other household items. The apartments provide a permanent place for clients to rebuild their lives, giving them a safe space with 24/7 support services from a staff of nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, and employment specialists.
Pathways to Housing DC
Alicia had a tent under the Francis Scott Key Bridge. She bathed in the river and ate canned food from a nearby church. But maintaining even this basic stability was difficult because of her struggle with alcoholism, respiratory infections, and schizophrenia, according to an article in The Atlantic. It was only when Pathways to Housing DC stepped in that Alicia found regular medical care and a safe place to live—no strings attached.
Following the belief that housing is a basic human right, Pathways to Housing DC addresses chronic homelessness among people with psychiatric disabilities or addictions by providing immediate access to housing without preconditions. Its staff help people attain a level of dignity that they could not find sleeping under a bridge or on a park bench. In addition to housing, the organization serves as a comprehensive resource for its clients by providing supportive treatment services—all at lower costs than most shelters or psychiatric hospitals. Services such as wellness groups, therapy, nutrition consultations, and vocational planning help clients move toward recovery and achieve personal goals. With these services in place, Pathway to Housing DC maintains an 85% housing retention rate, even among those who were not considered housing-ready by other programs.