Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)


To provide financial assistance to States to support services for individuals who are suffering from serious mental illness or serious mental illness and substance abuse; and are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Programs and activities include: (1) Outreach services; (2) screening and diagnostic treatment services; (3) habilitation and rehabilitation services; (4) community mental health services; (5) alcohol or drug treatment services; (6) staff training; (7) case management services; (8) supportive and supervisory services in residential settings; (9) referrals for primary health services, job training, educational services, and relevant housing services; and (10) prescribed set of housing services.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 56 awards were made. Fiscal Year 2015: 56 awards were made. Fiscal Year 2016: 56 awards will be made.
Public Health Service Act, Title V, Part C, Section 521, as amended, 42 U.S.C 290cc-21 et seq; Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990, Public Law 101-645.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals who have a serious mental illness or serious mental illness and substance abuse; and are homeless or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
This program is subject to 2 CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
There is no preapplication requirement. This program is not subject to the intergovernmental review requirements of E.O. 12372, as implemented through DHHS regulations at 45 CFR 100. However, individual States may require, or an applicant State mental health agency may want to implement, coordination procedures similar to those specified in E.O. 12372. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Chief Executive Officer of a State or Territory must apply annually for an allotment. Applications include a completed application form and a set of assurances.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed for completeness and for compliance with legislative requirements. Grant awards are issued directly by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to the designated State agency.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Approximately 8 weeks.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications must fulfill all statutory and regulatory requirements. For information on statutory and Federal regulations requirements contact: Jamie Marshall, Homeless Programs Branch,
Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, HHS, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857, Tel: (240) 276 2557 or Email:
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used at the discretion of the State to achieve the described objectives except that funds cannot be used: (1) To support emergency shelters or construction of housing facilities; (2) for inpatient psychiatric or substance abuse treatment costs; or (3) to make cash payments to intended recipients of mental health or substance abuse services. Not more than 20 percent of the payment may be expended for housing services; not more than 4 percent of the total allocation may be expended for administrative expenses. The applicants must agree that the payments will be expended solely for making grants to political subdivisions of the State, and to nonprofit private entities (including community-based veterans organizations and other community organizations) for the purpose of providing the services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The State involved agrees that by not later than January 31 of each fiscal year, the State will prepare and submit to the Secretary of Health and Human Services a report on its activities necessary for securing a record and a description of the purposes for which funds received under Section 521 were spent and the recipients of such funds, and for determining whether such amounts were expended in accordance with the provisions of the legislation. Federal Cash Transaction Report (FCTR) is due quarterly to the Division of Payment Management. Progress reports are not applicable. Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is due 90 days after the end of the project period. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 45, Part 92, Public Law 101-645.
Matching Requirements: The formula is cited in Section 524 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by Public Law 101-645. The formula allots funds on the basis of the population living in urbanized areas of the State, compared to the population living in urbanized areas of the entire United States except that no State receives less than $300,000 ($50,000 for Territories). States must agree to make available, directly or through donations from public or private entities, nonfederal contributions equal to not less than $1 (in cash or in kind) for each $3 of Federal funds provided in such grant. Territories have no matching requirements.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Each allotment is available for obligation for the award period (1-year); payments are made through an Electronic Transfer System. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Virginia Simmons 1 Choke Cherry Road, 7-1091, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: 240-276-1422 Fax: 240-276-1430
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $61,578,000; FY 15 est $61,573,000; and FY 16 est $6,157,300
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$50,000 to $8,810,000; $1,093,946.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200/45 CFR Part 75 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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