Oakland’s Five Year Framework (PATH) to Address Homelessness
The PATH Framework:
-Provides a framework for addressing homelessness across the full spectrum of services from prevention and intervention to solutions/housing;
-Clearly identifies the scale and scope of the investments needed to make substantial change in the current crisis;
-Seeks to align all stakeholders on the importance of investing across the spectrum of services and in setting ambitious measurable goals; and
-Points to the absolute need to increase revenues
-Informs policy makers about what to advocate for from federal, state, county, and private funding partners.
The PATH Framework is grounded in the following values:
-Racial equity must be central to every homelessness intervention, as African American Oaklanders suffer disproportionately.
-Housing is the solution to homelessness and, as a result, every emergency intervention or bed should have a robust housing exit attached.
-Compassion and basic health and hygiene are critical for providing human dignity even when housing is not available.
-Interventions must balance the needs of both sheltered and unsheltered communities.
-Regional alignment and partnerships both private/ public and across governments are critical to success.