Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

The Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program is authorized under Sec. 521 (290cc-21) of the Public Health Service Act. Funds are distributed on a formula basis by the federal Center for Mental Health Services to the States and Territories.

Services to be Supported by PATH

Outreach; screening, diagnostic assessment and treatment; habitation and rehabilitation; community mental health services; outpatient alcohol or drug treatment (for clients with serious mental illness); staff training; case management; referrals for primary health services, job training, educational services (including HIV prevention activities), and relevant housing services; assistance in obtaining income support services including SSI and representative payee per appropriate regulations; housing services including planning for housing; technical assistance in applying for housing assistance; and improving coordination of housing and services and the costs of matching individuals with appropriate housing and services.

Service Areas

Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Conroe, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, San Antonio, and Waco.

Funding Mechanism

PATH sites are selected based upon poverty and density indices. Additional consideration is given to organizations that have a prior history of providing services through PATH. Funds are awarded based upon historical allocations and geographic areas with the greatest need, in addition to an application process. Additional service sites may be identified. Five major metropolitan areas of the state have also developed a plan for serving homeless youth by the addition of one outreach worker.

Service organizations to receive funds:

  • Austin Travis County Integral Care (formerly Austin Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center) (Austin)
  • Center for Health Care Services (San Antonio)
  • Dallas MetroCare Services (Dallas -through NorthSTAR)
  • Gulf Coast Center (Galveston)
  • Border Regional MHMR Community Center (Laredo)
  • Aliviane, Inc. (El Paso)
  • Spindletop MHMR Services (Beaumont)
  • Lubbock Regional MHMR Center (Lubbock)
  • Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County (Houston)
  • Mental Health and Mental Retardation of Tarrant County (Fort Worth)
  • Nueces County MHMR Community Center (Corpus Christi)
  • Texas Panhandle Mental Health Authority (Amarillo)
  • Tropical Texas Center for Mental Health and Mental Retardation (Harlingen)

Contact Us

For additional information contact Anna Sonenthal at

Last updated April 17, 2014