ALEXANDRIA, VA – Pathway Homes, a regional nonprofit, has been awarded a contract that expands permanent supportive housing services. This will help more people with serious mental illness in Alexandria, Fairfax, and Prince William. Currently serving 140 people, the new contract gives Pathway Homes the ability to aid an additional 60.
“We are pleased to be expanding our specialized and life-changing services to reach more Northern Virginians. Ensuring people struggling with behavioral health challenges live their best lives is an investment in the health of the whole community. It starts with a stable home,” said Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, CEO, Pathway Homes.
In partnership with the Community Services Boards of the three locations, Pathways works with individuals who are:
- In state psychiatric facilities who are being discharged into the community
- Experiencing chronic homelessness or who are literally homeless and at risk of becoming chronically homeless
- In supervised residential settings who want to live more independently
- Unstably housed and frequent users of hospital, crisis, or criminal justice system intervention
Pathways has proven experience at providing these services. In fact, of the individuals receiving services in 2021:
- Only 15% required inpatient hospitalization to maintain stability or community placement
- 93% were able to successfully maintain housing in the community
- 86% reported a high level of satisfaction with these services
- 59% of individuals receiving services were consistently engaged in productive, structured activities
- 19% of individuals receiving services are employed at least part-time, in line with the national average for this population
For more than 40 years, Pathway Homes has enabled thousands of people in Northern Virginia and Central Florida with serious mental illnesses and other co-occurring disabilities to acquire housing and supportive services to help them recover their lives.