A community-based organization in Philadelphia that uses a Housing First model to treat co-occurring chronic homelessness and opioid use disorder
Pathways to Housing Pennsylvania is a community-based organization in Philadelphia using a Housing First model to address chronic homelessness in addition to providing wraparound services to address individuals holistically. They also provide training and technical assistance to other communities and organizations nationwide that are interested in implementing this model.
Pathways to Housing has a specific program, HousingNow, that addresses those with co-occurring chronic homelessness and opioid use disorder (OUD). In addition to providing low threshold housing, a harm reduction approach to wraparound services is used which includes:
- needle exchange
- access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) that fits the needs of people who are homeless and using drugs
- naloxone disbursement and training
- routine medical screening
- street outreach