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PATH: Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness

Iowa PATH workers reach out to adults who are homeless and live with mental illness, substance abuse and trauma, offering them connections to hope, healing, resilience, housing, treatment and recovery in Iowa's mental health system of care.

The Iowa PATH program is funded by a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). Provider agencies in Des Moines, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City and Dubuque provide PATH services under a contract with Iowa's Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Disability Services.

PATH funded services include:

  • Outreach and engagement by trained, caring, respectful workers
  • Hope and training in resiliency
  • Short term case management
  • Assistance in obtaining permanent supportive housing (preferred), transitional housing, or emergency shelter
  • Assistance in obtaining screening and diagnostic treatment, medications, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Referrals for primary health care, Social Security Disability applications, job training, educational services, and other mainstream services

PATH covers the following counties, click on the PATH Provider link for a contact in your area.

Convenient website links:

Iowa Homelessness Reports

Iowa Council on Homelessness website

For more information, contact:

Karen Hyatt, Program Planner 3
Iowa Department of Human Services
Division of Mental Health and Disability Services
Bureau of Community Services & Planning
1305 E. Walnut Street, 5th Floor SE
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0114
Phone: 515-281-3128
Fax: 515-564-4166