Announcing the

PATH Phase 2
Pilot Locations & Preparation Sites

Indigenous communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast are leading the development of an Indigenous community-grown process for the homelessness sector:

The PATH Process was developed for Coordinated Access Systems within the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home Program to meet the Reaching Home Directive: “A common and unified assessment process must be applied across all population groups in a community to evaluate service needs and assist in prioritizing housing resources.”

The PATH (Personalized Assistance To Housing) Process is a culturally informed alternative to commonly used mainstream tools in the homelessness sector and Coordinated Access systems. The PATH Process uses a relational approach rooted in a trauma-informed and strengths perspective that facilitates community-based wholistic supports and housing matching, as well as prioritizing and decision-making within a landscape of limited resources. Specifically, PATH prioritizes the relationship between the worker and the person experiencing homelessness and values their story, including their housing vision, needs, and barriers/obstacles to accessing housing. Unlike most other prioritization processes, PATH works to develop an understanding and measurement of the barriers and obstacles to accessing housing on a community and national level. The PATH Process has been designed for use with individuals (youth, adults, and seniors), couples, or families.

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The PATH Process is being developed in phases, and the project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home Program:

Phase 1 – May 2021 to December 2023: Phase 1 focused on initial ‘assessment tool’ development, which involved continually gathering Indigenous community voices and knowledge from coast-to-coast-to-coast, including the initial mock-up of the PATH Process. Notably, in this development phase, the term ‘assessment tool’ was removed from the project’s use of language. The term ‘process’ was determined to articulate the project’s objectives, as the PATH Process is not a ‘clinical assessment tool’ but a ‘wholistic process’. Specifically, PATH interconnects with all levels of a Coordinated Access system [see Figure 1].

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Phase 2, Part 1 – January 2024 to March 2025: Phase 2, Part 1 focuses on preparing for a pilot launch, including tailoring and digitalizing the PATH Process and training in its use. This will be followed by the initial implementation and evaluation of the PATH Process in four communities nationally, including: Halifax, Nova Scotia [East Location]; Winnipeg, Manitoba [Central Location]; Vancouver, British Columbia [West Location]; and Whitehorse, Yukon [North Location]. Further, two preparation sites, including Thunder Bay, Ontario and Cowichan, British Columbia, will work towards tailoring the PATH Process content, in order to fast-track with further tailoring, as well as implementation and evaluation upon project expansion of pilot locations [dependent on funding]. For more information on becoming a pilot location, click here.

Phase 2, Part 2 – April 2025, to TBD: Phase 2, Part 2 is dependent on funding, and a Part 2 pilot continuation application to Infrastructure Canada will be submitted in the fall of 2024. Part 2 will continue carrying out the ‘Implementation and Evaluation Plan’ for each pilot location, as well as advocate onboarding additional pilot locations. Further, Part 2 will include developing a project expansion and sustainability plan for future phases of the project.

The PATH Process values being open and accessible to Indigenous communities and the broader homelessness sector. Here is a list of ways you can become involved in the project and share your voice:

Would you like to learn more about the project?

Watch the PATH Process CAEH23 Presentation from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) Conference, which focused on Phase 1 project activities including the development of the PATH Process. The PATH Process project has applied to present at the CAEH24 conference on Phase 2, Part 1 of the project. Please stay tuned for confirmation of our (fingers crossed) upcoming CAEH24 presentation.

Read the PATH Process Presentation to review the PATH Process content in detail including the prioritization component. It is important to note, this is a national level framework intended to be tailored by communities.

Book a 1:1 Virtual Coffee Chat with the Project Lead. We welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, communities, and people to book a chat and share/learn about the PATH Process journey.

Would you like to become a part of the project and join the PATH Working Group?

Indigenous Elders, people with Lived Experience, and professionals who work within the homelessness sector are welcome to join the National PATH Process Working Group. Indigenous professionals must work for an Indigenous-led organization or have the full support of their respective Indigenous communities. Please complete the ‘Join the PATH Working Group Form’ if you want to join. Once complete, email IreneG@nihc-cnasa.ca to confirm you would like to join the PATH Working Group and have completed the form.

Are you interested in becoming a PATH Process pilot location?

The PATH Process [Phase 2, Part 1] call for pilot location applications closed on May 24, 2024 and successful applicants were notified on May 31, 2024. A public release of the successful pilot locations [4] and preparation sites [2] were announced on June 12, 2024 at the ‘2024 Indigenous Homelessness Community Entities Gathering’.

We would like to congratulate our Pilot Locations, which will be fully tailoring, implementing and evaluating the PATH Process within their respective communities:

Halifax, Nova Scotia (Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre)

Winnipeg, Manitoba (End Homelessness Winnipeg)

Vancouver, British Columbia (Lu’ma Native Housing Society)

Whitehorse, Yukon (Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition, Safe At Home Yukon, Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Society). 

Additionally, we would like to applaud our Preparation Sites, which will work towards tailoring the PATH Process content, as a first step, in order to fast-track as a future pilot location upon project expansion [dependent on funding]:

Thunder Bay, Ontario (Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre, Lakehead Social Planning Council)

Cowichan, British Columbia (Cowichan Housing Association).

If you would like to learn more about the PATH Process Phase 2, Part 1 Application Process, including selection criteria used in decision making, please check out our Application Guide:

If you are interested in becoming a PATH Process location in the future, please connect with the Project Lead and Book a Zoom Chat:

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