PATH Receives Over $1.4M in Philanthropic Funding for Pandemic Response
Source: People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)
People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), a statewide nonprofit organization working to end homelessness in California, announced today that it has received more than $1.4 million through 17 foundation and corporate grants as well as individual gifts to support its ongoing COVID-19 rapid response efforts and future programming for people who will be economically affected by the crisis.
PATH’s funders include longstanding private donors and philanthropic partners including California Community Foundation, Wells Fargo, Good Hope Medical Foundation, The San Diego Foundation, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Metabolic Studio, and more. PATH's Board of Directors also provided a $200,000 matching gift to support COVID-19 relief efforts statewide.
The grants and individual contributions provide critically needed funds that help PATH maintain its current and future programs capacity, address urgent needs and provide life-saving services to people experiencing homelessness throughout the state.
“We are humbled by the outpouring of support and action from our donors, philanthropic partners and Board members who are helping us provide life-saving services during this time of crisis,” said Jennifer Hark Dietz, LCSW, executive director of PATH. “Our unhoused neighbors are highly at-risk of contracting or being exposed to COVID-19 due to their housing, health, and economic instability. Our continued work as frontline service workers is more critical than ever and this funding helps move PATH’s mission forward during the pandemic and beyond.”
When the State of California was under a stay-at-home order, PATH teams were – and still are – considered essential frontline service workers. They are continuing to work tirelessly to serve and protect the most vulnerable individuals in our communities through continued street outreach, ongoing interim and permanent housing site operations, case management, landlord recruiting and administrative functions that keep PATH’s programs going.
“The COVID-19 crisis is exposing what we have always known: deep inequities and a broken safety-net leaves millions of people without help or relief,” shared Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation (CCF). “Addressing these issues is not new to CCF. By supporting providers such as PATH, we are addressing the immediate and emerging needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents—from hardship relief to long-term recovery.”
The funds are helping PATH respond in a rapid and nimble manner to the acutely increased need for its services, supplementing significant recent shortages in donations, volunteers and in-kind support. The partners’ investments have been going toward:
Providing overtime and premium pay for PATH’s frontline staff working in its interim housing sites, quarantine and isolation hotels and motels, and on the streets;
• Purchasing food items from vendors during the time period when PATH had to halt food donations that were not manufacture-sealed or prepared in a certified commercial kitchen;
• Purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) for outreach workers and essential sanitization supplies (i.e., hand sanitizer, cleaning/disinfecting products, wipes, gloves);
• Supplementing its janitorial services capacity to increase cleanliness and prevent the spread of illness in its sites and on the streets;
• Providing activities and social enrichment programs for residents in supportive and interim housing as well as short-term emergency sites to prevent isolation and encourage residents to stay in their homes;
• Supporting PATH’s ongoing programmatic work in homelessness prevention which has expanded in scope during the crisis and will be instrumental in building resiliency for people facing housing insecurity after the crisis passes.
“Wells Fargo recognizes that it is imperative to support community organizations that are steadfast in addressing housing needs in Los Angeles County,” said Gregg Sherkin, community relations senior manager at Wells Fargo. “We are grateful for PATH’s unwavering commitment to serving the at-risk homeless community in Los Angeles and throughout the state of California, especially during these unprecedented times.”
“We are at the beginning of what will be a long process of recovery in our region,” shared Mark Stuart, president & CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “Since launching the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, we have witnessed incredible acts of generosity and it will continue to take an unprecedented philanthropic response to help all the San Diegans in need over the coming months and years.”
The community partners and donors that have committed funds to PATH include California Community Foundation; Wells Fargo; Good Hope Medical Foundation; The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation; United Way of Greater Los Angeles; The San Diego Foundation; National Football League-Bob Woodruff Foundation Salute to Service partnership “Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community”; Metabolic Studio; Bank of America; Anonymous; Price Philanthropies Foundation; Lynda and Stewart Resnick; the Silicon Valley Strong of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Capital One; Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation; The COVID-19 Joint Response Effort led by the Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and the Hutton Parker Foundation, with other funders in Santa Barbara County; Applied Materials Foundation; Destination: Home; City National Bank; and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
Founded in 1984, PATH is committed to ending homelessness for individuals, families, and communities in California. We do this by building affordable supportive housing and providing homeless services in more than 140 cities across the state. Our services support nearly 20% of the state’s population experiencing homelessness. In the past five years, PATH has helped more than 10,000 people move into permanent homes. More information at www.epath.org.