Elected Official Briefing On Homelessness With PATH Santa Barbara
On Friday, April 23rd, People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) leadership will brief elected officials and their staff on the work PATH is doing in the Santa Barbara region to address homelessness.
The event will include presentations from PATH staff on pandemic impacts, Project Homekey, interim housing, rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and employment. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions.
PATH Santa Barbara operates the former Casa Esperanza Interim Housing site, which provides a variety of services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness that include employment, outreach, housing navigation, interim housing, and rapid rehousing.
In 2020, PATH Santa Barbara helped the County open a 68-room, COVID-19 emergency motel for our unhoused neighbors in fragile physical health. Additionally, the interim housing site began the first of a two-phase renovation project which will create a more welcoming, trauma- informed environment to support our residents’ healing process.
Invitees include the offices of Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Alex Padilla, Congressman Salud Carbajal, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, State Senator Monique Limon, Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham, Assemblymember Steve Bennett, Supervisor, Debbie Arnold, Supervisor Das Williams, Supervisor Matt LaVere, Mayor Cathy Murillo, Mayor Heidi Harmon, Mayor Sofia Rubalcava, Councilmember Alejandra Gutierrez, Councilmember Mike Jordan, Councilmember Oscar Gutierrez, Councilmember Kristen Sneddon, Councilmember Eric Friedman, and Councilmember Meagan Harmon.
Founded in 1984, PATH is committed to ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities in California. We do this by building affordable supportive housing and providing homeless services in more than 140 cities across the state. Our services support nearly 20 percent of the state’s population experiencing homelessness. Since 2013, PATH has helped more than 11,800 people move into permanent homes. More information at www.epath.org.
PATH Santa Barbara Regional Director: Elizabeth (Liz) Adams
Our mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. PATH envisions a world where every person has a home. Our values include creative collaborations, strategic leadership, empowerment for all, and passionate commitment.
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This is what enjoying your own home looks like! Now that Lexy has her very own apartment, she has been enjoying hobbies like crocheting and painting. “Looking back, I know I’m a strong woman after living on the riverbed and facing many challenges. Connecting with PATH and moving into this apartment has restored my sense of hope for my family and me, for that I am thankful.
Creating a PATH to Permanent Housing
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