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It all started with a letter written by Claire and Rev. Charles Orr, calling for the community to address the ever-increasing issue of homelessness. In response, on the night of December 8, 1983, 60 people gathered together to figure out how to help people who were experiencing homelessness in their neighborhoods. On that night, PATH was born.

The group started by distributing food and clothing to people living on the streets. As homelessness continued to grow nationwide, research revealed that Housing First—a best practice model that first connects people to permanent housing and then focuses on stabilization through voluntary supportive services, proved more effective.

Now, over thirty years later, we  provide services in more than 150 cities in five regions, and have more than 1,500 units of permanent supportive housing completed or in the pipeline.

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CARF International Accreditation

PATH currently holds a Three-Year Accreditation from CARF International in the following programs: Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.


What is CARF?

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services. 


What are the benefits of being CARF accredited?

The benefits of conformance to the CARF standards can be realized by both the organization and its persons served.


— We Educate​

For the organization, CARF accreditation is a catalyst for continuous quality improvement. CARF surveyors apply a consultative, rather than inspective, approach. They bring with them not only their own wisdom, but also the experience of similar organizations to promote quality within the industry.


— We Provide Care​

For the consumer, choosing a CARF-accredited program or service can provide confidence that an organization is consumer focused and has met international standards for service delivery.


— We Consult​

For more information about CARF International, the standards, or the survey process, visit

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PATH Ventures is a recognized leader in creating high-quality, affordable, and stable homes for people struggling with the high cost of housing in California, particularly families and individuals experiencing homelessness. 

Founded by PATH in 2007, PATH Ventures is building across the state, with nearly 2,500 affordable and supportive homes constructed or in pre-development.

PATH Ventures’ mission is to advance PATH’s purpose by building and operating affordable rental homes paired with on-site services that support residents in regaining long-term stability, independence, and well-being.


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The individuals we serve have an array of unique experiences and we aim to tailor our service delivery to be able to address each person’s goals to make it home.

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