Our Path Home
Our Path Home is the public-private partnership aimed at ending homelessness in Ada County. An end to homelessness means that we prevent it whenever possible and, if it does occur, the episode is rare, brief, and one-time.
End homelessness in Ada County.
Rapidly and appropriately respond to meet the needs of anyone experiencing a housing crisis. Identify and serve high-risk households to prevent housing crises from occurring.
- Collaborative. Partnership connects people to home.
- People First. We put the client first and meet them where they are.
- Intentional. We believe in Housing First, trauma-informed care and data-driven decisions.
- Nimble. We adapt to what we learn, listening to the best thinking of our community and the nation.
Our Path Home is governed by the Executive Committee - a strategic planning body that is responsible for ensuring Our Path Home meets federal standards and local needs. Several committees and working groups support the Executive Committee’s efforts.
Our Path Home has four strategic initiatives that support the partnership’s housing and access strategies to serve people experiencing homelessness in Ada County or those at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Our Path Home will undertake four primary initiatives from 2019-2025.
- Mature Our Path Home
- End family homelessness
- Reduce first-time homelessness
- Evolve supportive housing
Keep people housed.
Homelessness Prevention services provide financial assistance (such as rental or utility assistance), support services, and referrals to other community resources. Prevention strategies also include discharge policies (from hospitals and jails), tenant-landlord mediation, family mediation, housing counseling, and legal assistance, among others.
House people quickly.
Rapid Response services seek to move households back into stable housing as quickly as possible by providing financial assistance (such as a security deposit and first month’s rent), light touch case management to ensure reliable income, and connections to community resources.
Supportive Housing provides the services needed to get and keep housing. These programs offer financial assistance, primarily rental assistance, and individualized support services for varying periods of time depending on the needs of the household to gain and maintain stability and never experience homelessness again.
Coordinated Entry is the access point to the interventions available to resolve housing crises, serving those households sleeping in emergency shelters or on the street. Coordinated entry coordinates services among 30+ providers who have agreed to use one prioritized list to serve our most vulnerable residents.
Emergency Shelters manage the night-by-night crisis by providing a safe place to stay for persons facing a housing crisis. Entry into shelter should be low barrier and anti-discriminatory.
Street Outreach builds rapport and develops relationships with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness and sleeping on the street to connect them to the supports they need to access emergency shelter, services, and housing.