PATH is a family of agencies working together to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities throughout California. We strive to do this by prioritizing housing while providing customized supportive services for people in need. Our agencies each address homelessness in a different waysupportive services, permanent housing development, support for homeless families, and community engagementall of which ultimately help the people we serve make it home.

Since we were established
in 1984,

PATH has striven
to end homelessness
for individuals,
and communities.

The PATH Timeline



- 2015

  • February - Broke ground on Winnekta Senior Apartments, San Fernando Valley (95 units).

- 2014

  • PATH celebrated 30th Anniversary.
  • July - Broke ground on Villas Del Mar, Westside Los Angeles (23 units).
  • June - Reached goal to house 3,000 people.
  • June - Broke ground on Long Beach and 21st in Long Beach (41 units).
  • April - Broke ground on Vermont Veterans Villas permanent supportive housing development in South Los Angeles (79 units).

- 2013

  • Opened Connections Housing in Downtown San Diego on March 11, 2013.
  • Set goal to house 3,000 people experiencing homelessness by 2015. 1,000 families, 1,000 Veterans, and 1,000 chronically homeless individuals.
  • PATH began the VASH (Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing) program.

- 2012

  • Beyond Shelter joins the PATH family of agencies on October 12.
  • Completed the PATH NoHO Senior Villas, North Hollywood permanent supportive housing for seniors (49 units).

- 2011

  • Organized and led homeless registries in Silver Lake, Bellflower, and Whittier, surveying more than 880 people living on the streets as part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign.
  • Completed the PATH Villas Osage, Inglewood permanent supportive housing development for families (20 units).
  • Completed the Villas at Gower, Hollywood permanent supportive housing development (70 units).
  • Completed the LaKretz Villas, Los Angeles permanent supportive housing development (48 units).

- 2010

  • Partnered with Councilmember Bill Rosendahl to create the "Vehicles to Homes" vehicular outreach program.
  • Completed Bonnie Brae permanent supportive housing development for seniors (93 units).

- 2009

  • Collaborated with City of Riverside on the creation of a homeless service center.
  • Launched the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program.
  • PATH's 25th Anniversary.
  • Began providing housing and services at Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach.

- 2008

  • Established Petco Place in Hollywood to house the pets of homeless residents.

- 2007

  • Collaborated with the City of Dallas, TXto start The Bridge Homeless Center.


  • PATH created PATH Achieve Glendale.

- 2005

  • Gramercy Housing Group joined PATH (PATH Gramercy).

- 2004

  • Opening of PATH Hollywood Center.
  • Grant from Steve and Rita Emerson enabled the creation of PATH Ventures.

- 2002

  • Grand opening of PATH Los Angeles Center and PATH Mall in Los Angeles.
  • PATH Mall featured on ABC's World News Tonight.

- 1999

  • Foundation House West Hollywood transition Group joined PATH.

- 1996

  • Joel John Roberts became Executive Director.

- 1992

  • Launched first PATHFinders Job Center at Westside Center.

- 1990

  • Opened PATH Westside Center, Los Angeles with 32 transitional housing beds and a job center.

- 1985

  • Established first transitional housing program on Orange Grove Avenue in Los Angeles (near Fairfax and Wilshier), for 21 men.
  • Michele Smollar became first Executive Director.
  • First Imaginary Feast held.

- 1984

  • Incorporation of PATH.
  • Established Day Center on Overland Ave, Culver City.

- 1983

  • November 18: Rev. Charles Orr writes a letter to the community, calling for action to address the homelessness crisis.
  • December 7: First community meeting to discuss local homelessness.



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