We assist adults who are currently unhoused, those who are transitioning to living in a permanent home, as well as those who have recently moved into an apartment at one of PATH San Diego's supportive housing sites. Our projects are intentionally designed to meet a unique need of a specific subgroup of PATH's (exclusively adult) clients. PATH currently operates seven supportive housing sites throughout San Diego County, serving approximately 900 formerly unhoused residents who include veterans and seniors living with chronic medical conditions.
We assist unhoused San Diegans through PATH San Diego's outreach teams and the Homelessness Response Center (HRC) located Downtown. Drives at our partner schools collect hygiene products, nonperishable food items, personal care items, pet food and supplies for these community members.
Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the unsheltered population in California. Aside from seniors we support though PATH Outreach and HRC, we help senior residents living with chronic medical conditions with hygiene products and personal care items including fuzzy socks, adult diapers, bed pads for incontinence, and grocery store gift cards. Helix Charter High School and Mission Bay High School have sponsored holiday meals at both senior supportive housing sites.
Veterans make up about 9% of unsheltered San Diegans. We are honored to support our Veterans transition to living in a permanent home with gifts of welcome home baskets (or boxes), household cleaning supplies, gently-used comfortable clothes, shoes, etc.
Helix Charter High School sponsored a festive luncheon for veterans in July 2022.
PATH's interim clients are unhoused community members who are moving into a permanent home for the first time. Before they transition to an apartment, PATH provides wrap-around services to help them remain independent and permanently housed. "Interim Support" provides supplies and necessities for a new home which includes cleaning supplies and laundry detergent, and well as new household items to symbolize a new beginning. We also assist with stationary and thumb drives that they need when they apply for jobs.
Community gardens at PATH's permanent supportive housing sites help formerly unhoused community members heals through therapeutic gardening. The gardens provide a plant-dominated environment purposefully designed to facilitate interaction with the healing elements of nature. With the help of our partner schools and community partners, "Garden Support" assists residents with garden soil, fertilizer, insect repellent, grow bags, pots, etc.
At PILT, we know that pets are part of our family. They see us through difficult times and love us unconditionally without ever asking for anything in return, except maybe a belly rub. People who experience homelessness depend on their pets more than we do. We believe that these pets and support animals deserve our love and compassion just as much as their human owners. That is why we support unhoused and newly housed pets with food, toys, treats, and other supplies. Through our community partners, the San Diego Humane Society and the Helen Woodward Animal Center, we ensure that these animals get the medical attention and the training they need to successfully transition to life in an apartment.
PSH Site Support
PATH San Diego operates seven permanent supportive housing sites throughout San Diego County. Approximately 900 veterans, seniors, and other formerly unsheltered individuals live in apartments at these sites where they receive comprehensive care and support. Although some receive government subsidies, all of them are on limited income which makes necessities such as laundry detergent and cleaning supplies cost prohibitive. PILT is proud to help support PATH San Diego's supportive housing residents through donation drives at partner schools and through generous donations from our community partner, IKEA San Diego.
PILT's "Food Rescue" was launched at Helix Charter High School through the initiatives of Ms. Aleen Jendian (English Department Chair) and Mr. Calvin Herbin (Food Services Supervisor). Until the cafeteria's remodeling project started in the fall of 2022, excess food from the cafeteria were donated to "Trinity Place" (one of PATH's supportive housing sites for seniors living with chronic medical conditions) and "Zephyr" (supportive housing site for Veterans).
"Food Rescue" has been temporarily halted until Helix's cafeteria remodeling project is complete.