About Pathways DC

Pathways to Housing DC is making great strides to transform individual lives by ending chronic homelessness and supporting recovery for individuals with serious mental illnesses, co-occurring substance abuse disorders and other medical challenges in Washington, D.C. We provide these individuals with immediate access to an apartment of their own – no strings attached.  Once housed, we offer them a wide array of community-based psychiatric, medical, educational, social, and vocational services to help them rebuild their lives and continue on a road to recovery.  Today, we provide home, health, and hope to more than 2,000 District residents.

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Our Philosophy: Housing First

We believe that housing is a basic human right, that anyone who says they want a place to live is "housing ready," and that all people can be successful in housing with the proper combination of supports. Our internationally recognized Housing First model is widely considered to be the most successful and cost-effective approach to ending chronic homelessness. The concept is simple: We empower individuals to take control of their own lives by providing housing first, followed by comprehensive, consumer-driven support services needed to help them get back on their feet. Teams comprised of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, certified addictions counselors and peer health specialists partner with each individual to empower consumer choice, set goals, and support success living independently.

The proof is in the numbers. At least 85% of the people we house, stay in housing and do not return to homelessness. Since 2004, we have successfully housed, supported, and treated more than 600 chronically homeless adults with serious psychiatric and other disabilities and facilitated their recovery and integration into the greater Washington, D.C. community.

Our Needs: Wish List

You can help the people we serve today by donating an item off of our wish list. We keep this list updated with the items people need the most when moving off the streets and into their own apartments.

We always need (new or gently used):

- Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, soap, lotion, deodorant, etc.)
- Pillboxes
- Metro cards ($1.00 or more)
- Safeway/Giant gift cards for clients without income who are awaiting approval of their benefits
- General gift cards (Visa, MasterCard, Walmart or Target)
- TVs and/or TV Converter boxes
- Pots and pans, dishes and silverware
- Alarm clocks/clock-radios
- Linens and towels
- Microwaves
- Hats, Scarves and Gloves
- Can openers

For questions or to arrange a drop-off, please contact:

Elizabeth Horen, Development and Communications Associate
(202) 674-8307

Due to limited onsite storage space, we are unable to accept large furniture donations.  In order to furnish the homes of the people we serve, we partner with A Wider Circle

Thank you for your support!

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