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Housing and Services

PATH San Diego's Connections Housing is a service and residential community designed to reduce street homelessness in downtown San Diego's neighborhoods by helping people living on the streets move into permanent housing. 

Resources and support are critical for people who are working to get back on their feet.

We meet people "where they are," and work with them to achieve long-term stability.

PATH San Diego's
Connections Housing Media FAQ

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    What is PATH San Diego's Connections Housing?

    PATH San Diego's Connections Housing is a service and residential community designed to reduce street homelessness in downtown San Diego's neighborhoods by helping people living on the streets move into permanent housing. Connections Housing provides 223 housing units, a health center and dozens of supportive services all conveniently located in one building.


    Where is Connections Housing Located?

    PATH San Diego's Connections Housing is located at 1250 6th Avenue Suite #105, San Diego, CA 92101. There are two entrances to the building; 6th Avenue and A street. Community tours occur weekly and can be scheduled by contacting Kalie Standish


    What resources and services does Connections Housing provide?

    Connections Housing provides the following on-site resources:

  • 89 permanent supportive housing apartments, with community room (Vouchers - SDHC; Services - PATH)
  • 134 interim housing beds and food service program (PATH and Alpha Interim Housing)
  • Three dozen services in the PATH Depot (Collaborative managed by PATH)
  • Health center (Family Health Centers of San Diego)


    When did Connections Housing open?

    PATH San Diego's Connections Housing formally opened its doors on March 11, 2013 with the help of nearly 700 guests during our grand opening celebration.


    Who manages Connections Housing?

    PATH San Diego's Connections Housing brings many agencies together under one roof to effectively meet the diverse needs of the downtown homeless population.

  • Overall Building and Services Operator (Lead Agency): PATH
  • Founding Partners: Affirmed Housing Group, PATH Ventures, PATH, Family Health Centers of San Diego
  • Building Owner and Developer: Affirmed Housing Group and PATH Ventures
  • Health Center Operator: Family Health Centers of San Diego 
  • Interim Housing Operator: Alpha Project for the Homeless and PATH
  • Permanent Housing Property Manager: Solari Enterprise


    PATH Depot Service Providers

    Housing Resources

    There are different eligibility criteria for each of the various programs within Connections Housing. In general, a person who is experiencing homelessness living in Downtown San Diego is eligible for interim housing. All of the intake for the interim housing beds are managed by PATH’s street outreach team. Vacancies of units are filled as they become available, as outlined below. At this point, we are unable to predict how long it will take for additional units to become available.

    What is, and who gets, a permanent supportive housing unit?

  • What - Permanent supportive housing provides eligible tenants with an affordable studio apartment unit coupled with supportive services. These apartments are subsidized with housing vouchers from the San Diego Housing Commission, with case management provided by PATH.

  • Who - Residents of Connections Housing's permanent apartments (89)are must be chronically homeless with a documented disability, as well as meet the criminal background criteria for Section 8 as outlined in the San Diego Housing Commission’s Administrative Plan. Residents of Connections Housing cannot be registered sex offenders.


    What is, and who gets, an interim housing bed?

    • What - Interim housing is a 30 to 90 day program, co-operated by Alpha Project and PATH, that provides temporary beds for people experiencing homelessness while working to connect them with permanent housing.

    • Who - PATH’s street outreach team manages the screening and intake for interim housing residents, which focuses on individuals who are homeless, chronically homeless, and/or deemed vulnerable or at-risk on the streets.


    Services and Healthcare


    What is, and who can access, the PATH Depot multi-service center?

    • What – Approximately 30 nonprofit and community partners provide supportive services on-site at Connections Housing. This allows people experiencing homelessness to access all the services they need in one convenient location.

    • Who – The PATH Depot provides services for those living in permanent and interim housing on-site, with a few designated programs that are available for non-residents. For a full list of partners and programs, please see PATH Depot Service Providers list


    What services does the health center offer, and who can access it?

    • Services - Downtown Family Health Center offers comprehensive preventive and primary care, mental health care and support services. The health center's hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 619-515-2430.

    • Who - Downtown Family Health Center provides caring, affordable, high quality healthcare and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to people who are homeless, low income, uninsured and medically underserved. Since opening, FHCSD has provided more than 12,000 medical and mental health appointments; averaging about 1,500 visits per month.

    Project Innovations


    Creative approaches that benefits the neighborhood:

    • Addresses the needs of the neighborhood - By making sure both people on the streets are housed and the neighborhood has reduced street homelessness.
    • Ensures that right people get into housing - Prioritize the housing for people who are on the streets of the neighborhood.
    • Provides a right-sized program model that can be replicated throughout the region.


    Innovative approaches that have national significance:

    • Links a "depot" of supportive services with permanent and interim housing.
    • Links an integrated street outreach team (PATH, law enforcement, and business improvement district) with case management and intake.
    • Links Section 8 housing vouchers to the 16 special needs units to provide a revenue source for services.
    • Links permanent and interim housing with healthcare and health support services.
    • Links interim housing with the national rapid re-housing movement.

    Press and Media 

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